1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery Commanding Officer, LCol L.J. Hammond, MSM, CD

Lieutenant-Colonel Lee J. Hammond joined the Canadian Forces from Vancouver, British Colombia, in 1986.  After completing Basic and Artillery Training, he was posted to Petawawa to the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, where he served as a gun-line officer and forward observer with E Battery (Para) and F Battery.  In 1992, then Captain Hammond was posted to Edmonton to serve with the Canadian Airborne Centre, where he served as an airborne trials officer, and as the platoon commander for the freefall troop; also responsible for Basic Parachute Courses.   

In 1994, Captain Hammond was posted to the Field Artillery School to complete the year-long Instructor-in-Gunnery Course for Field Artillery.  Subsequently, he served in the School as an instructor, standards officer, adjutant, and operations officer. He also served in Iraq as an inspector for the United Nations.  

By 1999, Captain Hammond was posted back to 2 RCHA for a second posting as the Regimental Command Post Officer.  In 2000, now a Major, he was selected to command E Battery.  Completing his command in 2002, Major Hammond was then posted back to the Artillery School for a second time as the Chief Standards Officer for two years, followed by a year as the Deputy Commandant.

In 2005, Major Hammond was posted to National Defence Headquarters, where he served in the Directorate of Force Planning and Program Coordination.  After only one year in Ottawa, he was selected for the Joint Command and Staff Program in Toronto.  Upon graduation, now a Lieutenant-Colonel, he was posted to Edmonton with Headquarters 1st Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, as the Chief of Staff.  After a year of training 1 CMBG units for operations in Afghanistan, Lieutenant-Colonel Hammond was selected for deployment to Afghanistan as the Chief of Operational Plans (J5) for HQ 5-09. 

Deployed to Afghanistan from January till November 2009, Lieutenant-Colonel Hammond was the author of numerous operational level plans, but in particular, OPLAN KANTOLO, the plan that described village focused operations for the first time.

After the mission and some second language training, Lieutenant-Colonel Hammond spent one year as the G7 (Doctrine and Force Development) at Land Forces Western Area Headquarters until his posting in June 2011 to the 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery as the Commanding Officer. 

Lieutenant-Colonel Hammond is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies and from American Military University, with a Master’s Degree in Military Studies, specializing in Joint Operations.  Finally, he is a graduate of the Royal Military College Master’s in Defence Studies Program.  Military qualifications include Field Instructor in Gunnery, Military Freefall, U.S. Army Ranger, and the Land Command and Staff Courses.  Overseas service includes Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Lieutenant-Colonel Hammond is married to Corey Hammond, and is the proud father of two daughters.

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