Home Base Executive Director, Brigadier General (ret.) Jack Hammond, Gearing Up for 42nd Marine Corps Marathon
He may have been an “Army guy” for over 30 years, but Home Base Executive Director, Brigadier General (ret.) Jack Hammond, is gearing up for the 42nd Annual Marine Corps Marathon this fall. On October 22nd, he will run the 26.2 mile “Marathon of the Monuments” in honor of his United States Marine Corps friends, especially those who have found hope at Home Base.
Jack’s last marathon was 20 years – and 20 pounds – ago. He needs all the help he can get. Help #TrackJack as he trains for his next marathon, and support his fundraising efforts as he runs to raise awareness of the invisible wounds. ALL funds raised will be donated to Home Base.
During his distinguished 30-year military career in the United States Army, Brigadier General (ret.) Jack Hammond has commanded troops at the Platoon, Troop, Battalion and Brigade level both at home and abroad, including Afghanistan in 2002, Iraq in 2003, and Afghanistan 2011-2012. In July 2011, Hammond became the first Massachusetts officer to achieve the rank of General in a combat theater since World War II.
After a brief deployment to Afghanistan in 2002, General Hammond deployed to Iraq in 2003 with the invasion force and simultaneously commanded two Battalions: Task Force Patriot in Balad performing stability and security operations, and Task Force Enforcer, in Fallujah conducting counter-insurgent operations. In Kabul Afghanistan 2011-2012, General Hammond commanded Task Force Yankee as the senior U.S. Commander for Kabul Province, and was responsible for a multi-national security force of 3,000 personnel, providing security and support for 11 U.S. installations, and 10,000 coalition members conducting counterinsurgency operations, humanitarian assistance and area support missions.
General Hammond is the recipient of numerous military awards including: the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal for Valor with Oak Leaf Cluster, French Medal of National Defense, and Bulgarian Medal of Mission Support.
A native of Reading, MA, General Hammond holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts, a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Marketing from Boston University, and was a National Security Fellow at Harvard University.
The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) is one of the largest marathons in the world, and THE largest marathon in the world that doesn’t offer prize money. Instead, this event is a celebration of the honor, courage, and commitment of all finishers. The MCM is nicknamed “Marathon of the Monuments” as the course takes runners through important landmarks in Virginia and the nation’s capital.