Colonel Hammerschmidt is the 60th Maintenance Group Commander, Travis Air Force Base, California. As commander, he is responsible for the management of four aircraft maintenance squadrons and an Aerial Port Squadron. He leads 2,200+ active, civilian, and reserve personnel supporting Air Mobility Command’s largest wing, providing organizational and field-level maintenance for 18 C-5, 13 C-17, and 27 KC-10 assigned aircraft and all transient aircraft. He supplies world class Space Required and Space Available passenger services, cargo movement and traffic management operations. He is the logistics subject matter expert on all aircraft maintenance and aerial port support issues for the air mobility wing.
Colonel Hammerschmidt entered basic training on 2 August 1989. After basic training he attended 56 weeks of technical school in Biloxi, Mississippi, before being assigned to Hurlburt Field Florida, as an Electronic Warfare Systems Specialist. In May of 1997 Colonel Hammerschmidt earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida State University and was commissioned through ROTC. Prior to his assignment to Travis Air Force Base, Colonel Hammerschmidt was the Division Chief of the Mobility Aircraft Division, Headquarters Air Mobility Command at Scott AFB, Ill.
1997 Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla.
2002 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2009 Masters of Military Art and Science, Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
2009 Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
2013 Air War College, Correspondence
2016 Masters of National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
2016 Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
1989 – 1989; Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, Texas
1989 – 1990; Technical Training, Keesler AFB, Miss.
1990 – 1993; Electronic Warfare Technician – 834th Component Repair Squadron, AFSOC, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
February 1998—June 1998; OIC, Accessories Flight, 305th Maintenance Squadron, AMC, McGuire AFB, N.J.
February 1999—December 2000; Assistant Flight Commander, Sortie Generation Flight, 305th Aircraft Generation Squadron, AMC, McGuire AFB, N.J.
December 2000 – March 2001; Flight Commander, Aircraft Maintenance Flight, 625th Air Mobility Support Squadron, AMC, Naval Station Rota, Spain
March 2001 – June 2004; Sortie Generation Flight Commander and Maintenance Operations Officer, 725th Air Mobility Squadron, AMC, Naval Station Rota, Spain
June 2004 – September 2007; Chief of Logistics, 721st Air Mobility Operations Group, AMC, Ramstein AB, Germany
September 2007 – July 2008; Officer In Charge, En Route Aircraft Maintenance, A4O, En Route Logistics, Headquarters, Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
July 2008 – June 2009; Student, Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
June 2009 – July 2011; Commander, 605th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, AMC, Joint Base McGuire, Dix, Lakehurst, N.J
July 2011 - July 2013; Commander, 60th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, AMC, Travis AFB, Calif.
December 2013 – December 2014; Commander, 442nd Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, CENTCOM, Kandahar, Afghanistan
December 2014 – July 2015; Assistant Deputy Commander, 60th Maintenance Group, AMC, Travis AFB, Calif.
July 2015 – July 2016; Student, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
August 2016 – June 2017; Division Chief, Mobility Aircraft Division, (A4Q) Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
June 2017 – present; Commander, 60th Maintenance Group, Travis AFB, Calif.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with eight oak leaf clusters
Air Force Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant, May 5, 1997
First Lieutenant, May 5, 1999
Captain, May 5, 2001
Major, October 1, 2006
Lieutenant Colonel, February 1, 2012
Colonel, May 1, 2017
(Current as of Feb 2017)