Biodirection Military Advisory Board
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 July 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.
Since his retirement from active service, General Hammond is Executive Director of the Boston based Home Base Program, a partnership between the Boston Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital, The Home Base Program (Home Base) is dedicated to healing the Invisible Wounds of War, identified as Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury (PTS and TBI) for Service Members, Veterans and their Families through clinical care, fitness and wellness-based programs, community outreach, education and research. Home Base is involved with intense clinical programs which provide care to veterans and service members across the United States. General Hammond has presented at the White House Summit on Veterans and Military Family Mental Health, President Bush’s Veteran Stand-To Summit, Advised President Obama’s Commission on Military Benefits and Retirement, and served on Governor Charlie Baker’s Healthcare Transition Team & Veteran Advisory Council.
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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