Green Pond resident to command Navy ship | Congrats Colleton | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | August 25, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: August 24, 2016 at 1:07 pm
Green Pond residents Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hamilton Sr. traveled to Japan earlier this month to be on hand as their son, Lieutenant Commander Joseph Hamilton, assumed command of the USS Patriot, an Avenger class mine countermeasures ship.
LCDR Hamilton graduated from Colleton County High School in 2001, where his participation in the high school’s NJROTC program laid the groundwork for his career in the U.S. Navy.
After graduating from high school, Hamilton attended The Citadel, graduating in 2005 with a bachelor of science degree in computer science.
Before taking command of the USS Patriot, he served as the executive officer on the ship.
His other sea assignments were as operations officer on USS Russell (DDG 59), when the ship executed an almost $90 million EDSRA and the basic phase training cycle.
He served on 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, Ill.
LCDR Hamilton’s decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and other campaign awards.
In addition to observing the change of command ceremony, the Hamiltons visited the city of Nagasaki, along with other nearby sites.