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Force Master Chief
Force Master Chief
Commander Nick Hampton
Commanding Officer, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41
26 October 2020
A native of Rockland and Westchester Counties, New York, Commander Nick Hampton graduated in May 2001 from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, earning a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. CDR Hampton was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Program and reported to NAS Pensacola, FL for flight training in late May 2001, earning his Naval Aviator wings in November 2003 at VT-7 in Meridian, MS. In December 2003, CDR Hampton reported to the VF-101 "Grim Reapers" for initial fleet training as an F-14 Tomcat pilot.
Following initial fleet training, CDR Hampton began his operational flying career in the F-14D Tomcat with the "Blacklions" of VF-213. During this tour he made one deployment aboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71), participating in OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM and the last combat deployment of the F-14 Tomcat. Upon its return, VF-213 transitioned to the F/A-18F Super Hornet. Shortly after the squadron completed its transition, CDR Hampton was selected to attend the Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor course (TOPGUN) in Fallon, Nevada.
After graduating from TOPGUN, CDR Hampton reported to the "Gladiators" of VFA-106 in December 2007 as the East Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron’s Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor pilot. Serving as the Fighter Phase Head until Spring 2010, CDR Hampton oversaw all aspects of air-to-air training in the US Navy’s largest strike fighter squadron. In April 2010, he returned to the fleet as a squadron Training Officer attached to the “Dambusters” of VFA-195 in Atsugi, Japan.
While attached to VFA-195, CDR Hampton completed two deployments aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73), first flying the F/A-18C Hornet and then transitioning with the squadron to the F/A-18E Super Hornet. During this time, CDR Hampton participated in numerous coalition and joint exercises to include TALISMAN SABRE and VIGILANT SHIELD.
In April 2012, CDR Hampton returned to the east coast as a Department Head in the "Blue Blasters" of VFA-34, flying the F/A-18C Hornet once again. Serving both as the Maintenance Officer and the Operations Officer, CDR Hampton executed a full set of workups and participated in RIMPAC 2014 while attached to the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76).
Following the completion of his department head tour in November 2014, CDR Hampton attended the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island and earned his Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. After graduation CDR Hampton served on the Joint Staff, J-7 at the Joint Targeting School in Dam Neck, VA. During his two years at the Joint Targeting School, CDR Hampton directly supported all US combatant commands and FVEY partners in the execution and integration of joint targeting and joint doctrine. He selected for squadron command in April 2016 and is currently scheduled to take command of the World Famous VFA-41 "Black Aces" in October 2019.
CDR Hampton has accumulated over 2,700 flight hours in numerous Navy and USMC fighter aircraft and over 500 carrier arrested landings. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal, OIR Campaign Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various service awards.
VFA-41 Commanding Officer