MEET OUR PILOTS
Commander Alex L. Hampton
United States Navy
Strike Fighter Squadron TWO SEVEN
Commander Hampton is a native of Chicago, IL. He graduated from The University of Illinois in 1999 earning a Bachelors of Arts degree in Business Administration. He was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Program and earned his designation as a Naval Aviator in February 2002.
He completed initial fleet training in Virginia Beach, Virginia with the “Gladiators” of Strike Fighter Squadron ONE ZERO SIX. Commander Hampton began his operational flying in March 2002 with the “Sunliners” of Strike Fighter Squadron EIGHT ONE in Virginia Beach, VA. He deployed with Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN (CVW-17) onboard USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.
Commander Hampton was then selected to attend U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and subsequently reported to the East Coast Weapons School (SFWSL), where he served as the Air-to-Air Employment subject matter expert as well as the Training and Standardization Officer.
Commander Hampton currently serves on the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff as the Deputy Division Chief for the J8 Studies, Analysis, and Gaming Division.
Commander Hampton has accumulated more than 3,200 total flight hours, 2,950 F/A-18 flight hours and more than 800 carrier landings.
Norman D. Edwards, GS-15
Lieutenant Colonel, USAF Retired
Mr. Norman D. Edwards (“Norm”) is currently a Wargaming Analyst in the Studies, Analysis and Gaming Division; Studies and Analysis Deputy Directorate; Force Structure, Resources and Assessments Directorate (J8), The Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington DC. Currently serving as a Colonel-equivalent government civilian (GS-15), he co-led/supported the CJCS’ Joint Military Net Assessment, facilitates wargaming activities, and advises SAGD staff on joint matters, as needed. His other experiences in J8, for over 17 years, have included Quadrennial Defense Review support (x2), force structure assessments (FD), Global Force Management Data Initiative GFM DI) advocacy in its infancy, CJCS’ future CONOPS development in support of DoD force planning, and initial JS Innovation Group efforts supporting the VCJCS’ and DSD’ priorities.
Mr Edwards compiled a 23-year Air Force career, retiring from active duty in 2003 as a Senior Navigator Lieutenant Colonel. While on active duty, he was assigned to operations, training and staff duties at locations in the United States and abroad. His career began as an Electronic Warfare Officer (EWO) aircrew member and Instructor on the B-52 “Stratofortress” bomber aircraft at the squadron and wing staff command levels. He served in several command staff positions at the Numbered Air Force, Major Command and Headquarters Air Force (The Pentagon) command levels. He led programs and initiatives in operations, training, war planning, programming/budgeting, modeling/simulation, analysis, strategy/policy development and defense planning, which influenced the employment, planning, programming and budgeting of military capabilities. He culminated his military career in an assignment to the Joint Staff, J-8, where he developed Joint modeling and simulation policy and contributed to the Secretary of Defense’s 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review immediately after the 9-11 tragedy.