Capt. Alex Hampton
Capt. Alex Hampton is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1999 earning a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Business Administration. He was commissioned through the Naval ROTC program and earned his designation as a naval aviator in February 2002. He completed initial fleet training in Virginia Beach, Virginia with the “Gladiators” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106.
Hampton began his operational flying in March 2002 with the “Sunliners” of VFA-81 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He deployed with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 onboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Hampton was then selected to attend the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and subsequently reported to the East Coast Weapons School (SFWSL), where he served as the air-to-air employment subject matter expert as well as the training and standardization officer.
Hampton reported back to the “Sunliners” of VFA-81 in February 2008 for his training officer tour where he transitioned the squadron from LOT 10 Hornets to the LOT 30 Super Hornet. Hampton went on to serve as a department head in VFA-136, the “Knighthawks.” While with the “Knighthawks”, he deployed twice with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 onboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.
Following his department head tour, Hampton attended the U.S, Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island earning a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies and graduating as a Gravely Scholar. He went on to serve as the flag aide to the Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and as the aide-de-camp to Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)/U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Hampton assumed command of VFA-27 on September 24th, 2017 in Atsugi, Japan. He deployed three times throughout the Indo-Pacific area of operations onboard USS Ronald Regan (CVN 76) and moved the squadron permanently to Iwakuni, Japan. Hampton reported to the Pentagon to serve on the Joint Staff as the deputy division chief for the J8 Studies, Analysis, and Wargaming Division and was hand selected to serve as the deputy executive assistant to the 20th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark A. Milley.
Hampton has accumulated more than 3,400 total flight hours, 3,100 F/A-18 flight hours and more than 850 carrier landings. His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals, as well as various other service awards and ribbons.