Captain Hammond assumed the duties of Commanding Officer, Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown in June 2019.
Prior to reporting to Training Center Yorktown, Captain Hammond completed a year of Strategic Security Studies at the College of International Security Affairs of the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. where he focused National security policy and strategies for combating terrorism and Irregular Warfare.
With over ten years of service at sea, Captain Hammond has conducted search and rescue, environmental protection, humanitarian assistance and law enforcement missions from the Bering Sea to the Eastern Pacific Ocean and throughout the Caribbean Sea. He began his afloat tours serving as a Deck Watch Officer and Assistant Navigator on USCGC SHERMAN in Alameda, California from 1996 to 1998.
His operational career has spanned afloat duty as Executive Officer of USCGC LONG ISLAND, in San Diego, California, as Commanding Officer of both USCGC CHINCOTEAGUE and USCGC PADRE in Key West, Florida, and as Executive Officer of USCGC DILIGENCE in Wilmington, North Carolina. Most recently he served as Commanding Officer of USCGC CONFIDENCE in Cape Canaveral, Florida from 2016-2018.
His first staff assignment was as a Command Duty Officer and Search and Rescue Coordinator at Coast Guard Pacific Area/District Eleven Headquarters in Alameda California from 2000 to 2003. Between sea tours, Captain Hammond has spent time ashore remaining connected to Coast Guard operations and focused on developing the workforce. He served as the Training Officer at the Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement Academy in Charleston, South Carolina from 2006 to 2010. He served as the Chief of Operations Training for Force Readiness Command from 2012-2014, and as the Director for Training and Evaluation in the White House Military Office in Washington, DC. from 2014-2016.
Captain Hammond holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from the United States Coast Guard Academy, a Master of Science in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University, and a Master of Arts in International Strategic Security Studies from the National Defense University.
His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Presidential Service Badge for successful service in support of the President of the United States, and other personal and unit awards.
He is married to the former Barbara Ann Hernandez of Merced, California and they have a son, Noah.