Lieutenant Commander Hancock most recently served at sea as Engineer Officer in USS HUE CITY from 2012-2013. While Chief Engineer, HUE CITY completed back-to-back deployments to 5th Fleet as the Air Defense Commander in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. In 2013 he was recognized by RADM Gumataotao, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, as Carrier Strike Group EIGHT’s Junior Officer Tactician of the Year. Additionally, Engineering Department received her first ‘Red E’ for Engineering Excellence in over 3 years.
As a division officer, he served in USS ANTIETAM (CG 54) as Damage Control Assistant and in USS COMSTOCK (LSD 45) as Electrical Officer, Auxiliaries Officer, and Assistant Chief Engineer. His first department head assignment was Engineer Officer in USS FARRAGUT (DDG 99). In FARRAGUT, Engineering Department received her first 2 Red ‘E’s ever and completed a highly successful 2011 Board of Inspection and Survey Underway Material Inspection, Light-Off-Assessment, and Engineering Certification. He has completed five deployments to 5th, 6th, and 7th Fleets in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM.
Lieutenant Commander Hancock is a 2002 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he majored in Political Science. He is a 2008 graduate of Naval Postgraduate School and holds a Master of Arts degree in Security Studies, Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa, earning distinction for his thesis. In 2009, he graduated from the Defense Language Institute where he studied Modern Standard Arabic. He is recognized as a regional specialist and an Arabic linguist. Most recently he served on the staff of Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, serving in the N03 Maritime Operations Directorate.
Lieutenant Commander Hancock’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal (2 awards), and various unit commendations.