Lieutenant Commander Hancock reported as Executive Officer in USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73) in July 2016. Most recently he served at sea as Engineer Officer in USS HUE CITY (CG 66) from 2012-2013. In 2013 he was recognized by RADM Gumataotao, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, as Commander, Carrier Strike Group EIGHT’s Junior Officer Tactician of the Year.
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 he screened for Early Command. He has completed six deployments to 5th, 6th, and 7th Fleets in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM and INHERENT RESOLVE.
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, in the N03 Maritime Operations Directorate. While at CNSP, he screened for Commander Command at Sea.
Lieutenant Commander Hancock’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal (2 awards), and various unit commendations.
A native of Augusta, Georgia, he is married to the former Elizabeth (Joy) Dudley of Twin City, Georgia. They have 4 children: Aiden (11), Emma Grace (8), Madaline Elizabeth, (6), and John Andess (Jack), (2).