U.S. Navy sailor Nathan C. Hammond, a native of Orange County, California, was meritoriously promoted to petty officer first class today, during a surprise ceremony.
The Meritorious Advancement Program allows command triads to advance their most qualified sailors ahead of each of the semi-annual Navy-wide Advancement Cycles.
Hammond enlisted in the United States Navy in October 2014. Following graduation from basic training in December 2014 Hammond attended Logistics Specialist school in Meridian, Mississippi. After completing Logistics Specialist school, Hammond attended Basic Enlisted Submarine School in Groton, Connecticut.
Upon completion of Basic Enlisted Submarine School, Hammond reported to USS Wyoming, homeported out of Kings Bay, Georgia. The boat executed the Nation’s highest priority of strategic deterrence, being the first nuclear-powered, ballistic missile-carrying submarine in over a decade to port at Faslane, Scotland. After making a change of homeport to Norfolk Naval Shipyard to perform an extended maintenance period, the crew earned two back-to-back Supply Blue “E” awards.
After serving more than four years with both crews of USS Wyoming, Hammond accepted overseas orders to Commander Submarine Squadron 21 in Manama, Bahrain. Hammond serves as the sole Logistics Specialist supporting all submarines in the Fifth Fleet area of operation, covering approximately 2.5 million square miles in the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean.
Hammond’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), Navy Good Conduct Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal in addition to various other unit and campaign awards.