Brigadier General (ret.) Jack Hammond

Executive Director, Home Base Program

Brigadier General (ret.) Jack Hammond

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 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.

In Iraq in 2003, General Hammond simultaneously commanded two Battalions: Task Force Patriot in Balad and Task Force Enforcer, in Fallujah. In Kabul Afghanistan 2011-2012, General Hammond commanded Task Force Yankee and the Kabul Base Cluster Command. As Commanding General of the 26th Maneuver Enhanced Brigade, General Hammond 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. Task Force Yankee was also responsible for counterinsurgency, humanitarian assistance and area support for U.S. Forces in Kabul Province.

In 2006, General Hammond was deployed to New Orleans in support of Hurricane Katrina; he served as the Chief of Staff, Massachusetts Joint Force Headquarters and oversaw the operational readiness and strategic planning efforts for the 8,500 Soldiers and Airmen of the Massachusetts National Guard.

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.

General Hammond and his wife, Colleen, a transplant nurse at Lahey Medical Center are co-founders of the Cystinosis Research Network, a non-profit which promotes support, research, family assistance, and medical education about Cystinosis, a rare metabolic disease. The organization has secured both public and private research funding resulting in improved treatments and quality of life for children and adults with Cystinosis.

A native of Reading, MA, General Hammond holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts. While at UMass, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the Massachusetts Military Academy Officer Candidate School. General Hammond holds a Master's Degree in Healthcare Marketing from Boston University and was a National Security Fellow at Harvard University.

Easing the Fight That Veterans Face at Home

As we prepare to celebrate the independence our forefathers fought for, Connect with Partners highlights a program administered by Massachusetts General Hospital and the Red Sox Foundation that helps to heal those who have fought to secure that independence.

Although the U.S. war in Iraq has ended and troops are returning from Afghanistan, for many veterans and their families, these wars are not over. For one in three returning veterans, coming home has led to nightmares and difficulty sleeping, no longer feeling safe in every day places, trouble concentrating, severe headaches and enormous family stress.

During Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month in June, the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program launched our first public service advertising campaign to increase awareness for the “invisible wounds” of war – post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury (TBI) – and raise funds to support our clinical, education and research services.


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