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Executive Officer, 5th Battalion, 11th Marines
Maj. Joseph B. Hamilton

Major Hamilton, Joseph B.

Executive Officer, 5th Battalion, 11th Marines

Major Hamilton holds a B.S. in Political Science from the United States Naval Academy and a M.S. in Homeland Security.  He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in May 2006.

Upon completion of The Basic School and Field Artillery Office Basic Course, Major Hamilton was ordered to 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines where he held the billets of Forward Observer, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Security Platoon Commander, and Fire Direction Officer for Battery M during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.  Upon returning to CONUS in October 2008, Major Hamilton transferred to Headquarters Battery, serving as Liaison Officer.  In May 2009, Major Hamilton was attached to 1st Battalion, 5th Marines and served as the Artillery Liaison Officer during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.  Upon returning to CONUS in December 2009, Major Hamilton was transferred to Battery I and assumed the duties of Executive Officer.  Following his duties as Executive Officer for Battery I, Major Hamilton assumed the duties of Battalion Fire Direction Officer and Assistant Operations Officer where he served until August 2010.

In August 2010, Major Hamilton was ordered to 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company where he assumed the duties as Fire Support Coordinator, Supporting Arms Liaison Team (SALT) D and deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.  Upon returning to CONUS in December 2011, Major Hamilton assumed the duties of SALT B Officer in Charge.  Following his duties as SALT B OIC, Major Hamilton was transferred to Assistant Operations Officer where he served until August 2013.

In August 2013, Major Hamilton was ordered to 1st Battalion, 11th Marines were he assumed the duties of Battalion Fire Support Officer for Battalion Landing Team 2/1.  Major Hamilton deployed with BLT 2/1 in support of WESTPAC 14.2.  Upon returning to CONUS, Major Hamilton assumed command of Battery C, 1st Battalion, 11th Marines.  After his command tour, Major Hamilton assumed the duties of Battalion Logistics Officer where he served until August 2016.

In August of 2016, Major Hamilton was ordered to Joint Improvised Threat Defeat Organization where he assumed the duties of NORTHCOM, SOUTHCOM and Pakistan Desk Officer.  In May 2018, Major Hamilton was hand selected to serve as the Commanding General’s Aide de Camp.  He served as the Commanding General’s Aide de Camp until May 2019.

In May 2019, Major Hamilton was ordered to 11th Marines where he assumed the duties of Commanding Officer, Headquarters Battery Regiment.  In August 2020, Major Hamilton relinquished command of Headquarters Battery Regiment and assumed the duties of Executive Officer, 5th Battalion, 11th Marines.

Major Hamilton is a 2015 graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff distance education program. His Personal awards include: the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Joint Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device with three gold stars in lieu of fourth award, and the Combat Action Ribbon.

Major Hamilton is married to the former Ms. Ashley Johnston Ott of Rancho Cucamonga, California.  Major and Mrs. Hamilton have a son named Ezekiel (6) and a daughter named Emmilyn (4). They currently reside in Oceanside, California.