Commander, Submarine Group Two

Lt. Cmdr. J. Grady Hill
Executive Officer, USS Mississippi 

A native of Austin, Texas, Lt. Cmdr. Hill graduated in 1999 from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering.  He was commissioned at Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla.

Following selection for Submarine Warfare, he attended Nuclear Power School and Prototype Training in Charleston, South Carolina.  In March of 2001, Lt. Cmdr. Hill reported to USS Augusta (SSN 710) in Groton, Conn., where he completed two overseas deployments to the North Atlantic and Mediterranean, including participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom as part of the Red Sea “Wolf Pack” in 2003.

Upon completion of his division officer tour, Lt. Cmdr. Hill transferred to the Naval Nuclear Prototype Unit in Charleston, S.C., serving as a Shift Engineer and Staff Training Officer onboard the former USS Daniel Webster (MTS 626).  Prior to completing the Submarine Officer Advanced Course in Groton, he attended the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., receiving a Masters of Fine Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.

Lt. Cmdr. Hill reported as the Navigator and Operations Officer onboard the USS Newport News (SSN 750) home ported in Norfolk, in August 2007.  While on the USS Newport News his team completed one of the first certifications for electronic navigation and an overseas deployment to the Eastern Pacific.

Lt. Cmdr. Hill served as the Flag Aide to Commander, Submarine Forces from July 2010 to March 2012 before joining the COMSUBLANT Tactical Readiness Evaluation team. Following completion of the Submarine Command Course he reported in December 2012 as executive officer of the USS Mississippi (SSN 782).  His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards) and Navy Achievement Medal (four awards).