August 5, 2016 - Present
LCDR Joseph Hamilton
Commanding Officer

LCDR Hamilton is a native of Green Pond, SC. He is a 2005 graduate of The Citadel where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.

Most recently, he served as the Executive Officer of USS PATRIOT (MCM 7), completing multiple bilateral MCM exercises with JMSDF and ROK allies, including MCMEX 2JA and FOAL EAGLE. His other sea assignments were as Operations Officer in USS RUSSELL (DDG 59), where RUSSELL executed an almost $90 Million EDSRA and the Basic Phase training cycle. He served in USS PHILIPPINE SEA (CG 58) as Operations Information Division Officer, Antisubmarine Warfare Officer, and Navigator, completing three deployments in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

Ashore, he earned a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Financial Management and Joint Professional Military Education Phase I from the Naval Postgraduate School. His following tour was as Flag Aide to the Commander, Navy Region Midwest in Great Lakes, IL.

LCDR Hamilton's decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and other campaign awards.


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