The proud son of an Army master sergeant, Capt. Jeff Hill spent his formative years at military installations in Germany, Colorado, and North Carolina. He received his commission through Officer Candidate School at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. Hill holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master of Science degree in International Relations from Troy University.
He was designated an unrestricted naval aviator in March 1999 and has flown MH-60R and SH-60B Seahawk helicopters throughout his career.
Hill’s operational assignments include division officer and detachment officer-in-charge/department head tours with the Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 44 “Swamp Foxes” aboard USS Simpson (FFG-56), USS Underwood(FFG-36), USS Doyle (FFG-39), and USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79) flying in support of operations with USS George Washington (CVN-73), USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) strike groups. He served as squadron Seahawk weapons and tactics instructor for the HSL-46 “Grandmasters” flying post-Hurricane Katrina rescue missions in New Orleans. Hill served the men and women of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 48, first as their executive officer and then as the 21st commanding officer of Viper Nation - a tour which culminated in the squadron winning the 2016 Battle Efficiency Award.
His shore assignments include: plank owner of Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School, Atlantic, serving as the Anti-Submarine Warfare and Beartrap (CNO Project K-416) officer and Armed Helicopter and Night Vision Programs officer; assistant Washington placement officer (PERS-441A), Navy Personnel Command; assistant deputy director for Operations and Global Strike advisor, Joint Chiefs of Staff (J3); and deputy division chief, Warfighter Integration and Navy Senior Service advisor, Joint Chiefs of Staff (J2).
In October 2019, Hill assumed the duties of executive officer for Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS JAX) and became the 50th commanding officer of NAS JAX on April 9, 2021.
Hill has earned a variety of personal awards but he is most proud of the Joint and Navy Unit Commendations, as well as the Battle Efficiency Awards, he has earned serving alongside the men and women who have volunteered to defend our nation.