Rear Admiral Hitchcock is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a 1985 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering and was subsequently designated a Naval Aviator in 1987. He is also a graduate of the Naval War College, and Armed Forces Staff College.
Hitchcock flew the A-6 “Intruder” and F-14 “Tomcat”. His operational tours included Attack Squadron (VA) 155 as a division officer and Fighter Squadron (VF) 32 as a department head. He commanded “The Swordsmen” of VF-32, USS Peleliu (LHA 5) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and served as executive officer of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). As a naval aviator, he embarked in the USS Ranger (CV 62), Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and participated in Operations Desert Storm, Deliberate Guard and Southern Watch. As ships company, he participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
Shore assignments include instructor pilot at VA-128, Aide/Administrative assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (N8) on the OPNAV staff and as a member of the deployable training team at U.S. Joint Forces Command. Presently, he serves as director, Fleet/Joint Training (N7) at U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia.
Hitchcock’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various campaign, unit and service awards. He is most proud to have served with Battle “E” and “Golden Anchor” award winning teams in VF-32, LHA-5 and CVN-69; CNO Safety “S” award recipients from VF-32 and CVN-69; and the Battenberg Cup and “Jig Dog” Ramage award winning team in CVN-69.