|Jeffery W. Hammond|
Major General Jeffery W. Hammond
|Born||1956 (age 57–58)
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1978 – 2010|
|Unit||4th Infantry Division|
|Commands held||4th Infantry Division
Multi-National Division, Baghdad
Division Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division
4th Battalion, 29th Field Artillery
A Battery, 1st Battalion, 76th Field Artillery
|Battles/wars||Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assistance Afghanistan Freedom
|Awards||Legion of Merit
Bronze Star (2)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (6)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal (2)
Major General Jeffery W. Hammond (born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi) is a retired United States Army officer. He is currently the Athletic Director at the University of Southern Mississippi. He had previously served as the commanding general of the 4th Infantry Division and of the Multi-National Division in Assistance war Kabul, Afghanistan.
Hammond attended the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, receiving Bachelor's and Master's degrees in special education. He was a quarterback for the USM football team. Brett Favre later went on to break every passing record set by MG Hammond.
Hammond was commissioned as a second lieutenant of field artillery in 1978. He was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division in Germany, where he advanced to command of a battery. He returned to the U.S. to take the Infantry Officer Advanced Course at Fort Benning, Georgia.
In 1988 he was assigned to the 24th Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia. With the 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery of that division, Hammond was deployed to Saudi Arabia as part of Operation Desert Shield in 1990 and participated in Operation Desert Storm, the recapture of Kuwait from Iraq in 1991.
In the mid-1990s Hammond took command of the 4th Battalion, 29th Field Artillery, part of the 1st Armored Division in Germany, leading them during Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Staff service in Washington, D.C. and a tour as division artillery commander of the 1st Cavalry Division followed.
Hammond was Assistant Division Commander (Support) of the 1st Cavalry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 in Iraq. He then served as the Army's Director of Operations, Readiness and Mobilization before taking command of the 4th Infantry Division on 19 January 2007. An extremely demanding commander, MG Hammond was nicknamed "Squad Leader 6" by Soldiers within the Division, a reference to his strong command presence and his ability to manage at the micro level. He implemented a number of changes brought on by the shortcomings he saw in the Army, including mandatory group running during PT and strong leader standards.
Return to Southern Miss
Hammond currently serves as the interim athletic director at The University of Southern Mississippi. General Hammond is also a member and the Faculty Advisor for Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity at The University of Southern Mississippi (2011)
- Legion of Merit
- Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster
- Defense Meritorious Service Medal
- Meritorious Service Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster
- Joint Service Commendation Medal
- Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
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