USS DONALD COOK


Commander Charles E. Hampton 
Commanding Officer

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CDR Hampton is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas.  He was commissioned an Ensign in 1997 through Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida.  CDR Hampton received a Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University CC, in 1992.  He is a former Educator and Texas High School Football and Baseball Coach (1992-1997).

CDR Hampton graduated from Surface Warfare Officer’s School in May 1998 and reported to USS FORD (FFG 54) where he served as First Lieutenant.  FORD deployed to the Arabian Gulf in 1999 where CDR Hampton conducted Maritime Interception Operations as a Visit Board Search and Seizure Boarding Officer, enforcing United Nations sanctions against Iraq.  FORD was awarded the Battle Efficiency award for calendar years 1998 and 2000.

His next assignment was to the Pre-Commissioning crew of the USS HOWARD (DDG 83).  CDR Hampton served as Navigator and conducted the maiden deployment and sail around from Bath, Maine to San Diego, California.  In 2002, CDR Hampton reported to Surface Warfare Officers School in Newport Rhode Island as a Navigation, Seamanship, and Shiphandling instructor.  While in Rhode Island, CDR Hampton completed a Masters Degree from the University of Rhode Island in Education Training and Management.

CDR Hampton reported to Surface Warfare Department Head training in 2005.  Upon completion he reported to his first Department Head tour in USS WINSTON S. CHURCHILL (DDG 81) as Weapons Officer deploying in 2005-2006 to the Arabian Gulf.  CDR Hampton was awarded the 2005 Admiral Arleigh Burke Surface Warfare Operational Excellence award and the 2006 COMDESRON TWO Junior Officer award for Tactics Excellence.

CDR Hampton deployed with the USS WINSTON S. CHURCHILL (DDG 81) in 2007 - 2008 as part of the USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) Carrier Strike Group, to the Arabian Gulf as Combat Systems Officer.  The deployment consisted of Maritime Interception Operations and Oil Platform Defense in the Northern Arabian Gulf.  He was awarded the 2007 COMDESRON 26 Junior Officer Award for Tactics Excellence and the COMNAVSURFOR 2007 Navy and Marine Association Leadership award.

CDR Hampton graduated from the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 2009 where he received a Master’s Degree in Strategic Military Studies.  Following completion of his graduate education, he reported to Commander United States Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia as the Ballistic Missile Defense Surface Operations Action Officer in Global Force Management until June 2012.  His duties encompassed fleet operations of Ballistic Missile Defense capable ships and management of the SM3 missile inventory for the U.S. Navy.

In April 2009, CDR Hampton was selected for Commander Command at Sea.

His awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (4), Navy Achievement Medal (4), and several other campaign and service awards.