Rear Admiral Darren J. Hanson
Reserve Deputy Commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command
Rear Admiral Darren J. Hanson graduated from the University of Washington in 1987 with a Bachelor of
Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Following commissioning at Officer
in 1988, he completed Surface Warfare and Nuclear Propulsion training and
entered the Fleet in 1991.
Hanson’s first tour of duty was aboard PCU George
Washington (CVN 73) during which he was certified as Engineer by Naval Reactors. He then served in USS Halsey (CG 23) as Deck
Officer and deployed to the Arabian Gulf.
Follow on tours included the Nuclear Propulsion Mobile Training Team
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, and Operations Officer aboard USS Sacramento (AOE
In 1998, Hanson transferred to the Naval Reserve
and joined Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit 17. Over a six year period, he completed U.S.
Navy Dive School and served as an Ordnance Clearance Detachment (OCD) Officer in
Charge and Executive Officer. He was
mobilized for local harbor security operations following Sept. 11, 2001.
Reserve commands include Submarine Group 9 Force
Protection Detachment 1, Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 101, Maritime
Expeditionary (now Coastal Riverine) Squadron 11, and CNFK Reserve
In 2008, Hanson attended the U.S. Naval War College
in resident and received a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Studies and full Joint
Professional Military Education. He then
mobilized to U.S. European Command, Stuttgart Germany, in J3 and J5 Directorates.
In 2012 while in command of CRS 11, Hanson deployed
to UAE as Commander, Task Group 56.7, providing security for U.S. ships and maritime
Hanson’s decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious
Service Medal (3 awards), Navy and Joint Commendation Medals (2 awards), Navy
and Joint Achievement Medals (3 awards), Expert Pistol and Rifle, and various campaign
and service medals.
Hanson resides in Seattle, Wash. where he serves as
a professional firefighter.