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Capt. Brian Hamel

Commanding Officer, USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7)

23 May 2024

Official studio photo of Capt. Brian Hamel, Commanding Officer, USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7)
Official studio photo of Capt. Brian Hamel, Commanding Officer, USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7)
Official studio photo of Capt. Brian Hamel, Commanding Officer, USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7)
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VIRIN: 240422-N-UT295-1008

Captain Brian Hamel is a surface warfare officer and the Commanding Officer of USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7).  He is the son and grandson of Navy sailors. A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, he enlisted in the Navy in 1993 as a Personnelman and commissioned via the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training Program, graduating from Old Dominion University in 2000.

He holds master’s degrees from Kenan Flagler Business School, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the U.S. Naval War College, and is a graduate of the Joint and Combined Warfighting School in Joint Forces Staff College.

He commanded dock landing ships USS GUNSTON HALL (LSD 44) and USS CARTER HALL (LSD 50). At sea, he also served as Executive Officer in USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7); Executive Officer in USS CARTER HALL (LSD 50); Material & Logistics Officer on the staff of Commander, Amphibious Squadron TWO; Engineer Officer in USS INGRAHAM (FFG 61); Auxiliary Officer in USS HALYBURTON (FFG 40); and as Weapons/Anti-Terrorism Officer in USS PORTLAND (LSD 37).

Captain Hamel has deployed globally in support of multiple operations including ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, INHERENT RESOLVE; Exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE, and as part of NATO STANDING NAVAL FORCES and UNITAS.

Ashore, Captain Hamel served as Director of Fleet Plans, Policy & International Engagements (N5) at U.S. Fleet Forces Command; Director of Navigation, Seamanship & Shiphandling Training (N72) and the Prospective Commanding Officer Course (N75A) at Surface Warfare Schools Command; as South & Southeast Asia Desk Officer and Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director of Politico-Military Affairs Asia in the Joint Staff (J5); on the Staff of the Vice Chief of Naval Operations (N09X) and Director of Logistics Programs and Business Operations (OPNAV N41); as Project Officer at Engineering Assessments Atlantic; and as Officer-in-Charge of NROTC Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As an enlisted sailor, he served as the LHD-1 WASP Class new construction detailer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel (PERS 409C).

He has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), as well as various other personal, unit, and campaign awards.  |  |  Navy FOIA  |  DoD Accessibility/Section 508  |  No Fear Act  |  Open Government  |  Plain Writing Act  |  Veterans Crisis Line  |   VA Vet Center  |  FVAP  |   DoD Safe Helpline  |  Navy SAPR  |  NCIS Tips  |  Privacy Policy  |  Site Map  |  Contact US
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