During his distinguished, 30-year military career in the United States Army, Brigadier General (ret.) Jack Hammond has commanded troops at the Platoon, Troop, Battalion and Brigade level both at home and abroad, including Afghanistan in 2002, Iraq in 2003, and Afghanistan 2011-2012. In 2011, Hammond became the first Massachusetts officer to achieve the rank of General in a combat theater since World War II. After a brief deployment to Afghanistan in 2002, General Hammond deployed to Iraq in 2003 with the invasion force and simultaneously commanded two Battalions: Task Force Patriot in Balad performing stability and security operations, and Task Force Enforcer, in Fallujah conducting counter-insurgent operations. In Kabul Afghanistan 2011-2012, General Hammond commanded Task Force Yankee as the senior U.S. Commander for Kabul Province, and was responsible for a multi-national security force of 3,000 personnel, providing security and support for 11 U.S. installations, and 10,000 coalition members conducting counterinsurgency operations, humanitarian assistance and area support missions. General Hammond is the recipient of numerous military awards including: the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal for Valor with Oak Leaf Cluster, French Medal of National Defense, and Bulgarian Medal of Mission Support. A native of Reading, MA, General Hammond holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts, a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Marketing from Boston University, and was a National Security Fellow at Harvard University.
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