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Cmdr. Joseph S. Hamilton
Commanding Officer, USS Porter (DDG 78)
15 December 2020
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Commander Joseph S. Hamilton is a 2005 graduate of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program from The Citadel, CDR Hamilton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. He is originally from Green Pond, SC.
A career Surface Warfare Officer, CDR Hamilton’s shipboard assignments include: USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) as Operations Information Division Officer, Antisubmarine Warfare Officer, and Navigator, USS Russell (DDG 59) as Operations Officer, and USS Patriot (MCM 7) as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer.
Ashore, he earned a Master of Business Administration 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. Additionally, he served on the Chief of Naval Operations Staff (OPNAV) as an analyst for the Programming Division (N80) followed by Deputy Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics (OPNAV N4). Most recently, he served as Executive Officer of USS Porter (DDG 78).
CDR Hamilton's decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and other campaign awards.
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