Earl K. Hampton, Jr. assumed his current duties as Deputy Director, Joint Interagency Task Force West (JIATF West) in September 2013. JIATF West is the U.S. Pacific Command’s executive agent for Department of Defense (DoD) support to law enforcement for counterdrug and drug-related activities. JIATF West applies Department of Defense capabilities to conduct and support interagency operations to identify, disrupt and dismantle drug-related transnational organized crime threats in the Asia-Pacific region.
Born in Olongapo City, Philippines, after graduating from High School in 1976, Mr. Hampton enlisted in the U.S. Navy and attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981.
Mr. Hampton served over 30 years as a Naval Flight Officer on board P-3 Orions covering a myriad of missions in the Pacific, Indian Ocean and Middle East. During his thirty years of Naval Service, Mr. Hampton had the privilege to command three separate commands: Commander, Okinawa Air Patrol Group at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa; Commanding Officer, Patrol Squadron NINE at Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; and Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Station Rota, Spain.
Mr. Hampton served in combat under Commander, Carrier Group FIVE embarked on the USS Midway during the Gulf War and DESERT STORM and as the Director of Operations for Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ONE at Kamiseya, Japan. After September 11, 2001, Mr. Hampton directed the employment of Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance aircraft overland in Afghanistan and the Philippines during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Noteworthy, Mr. Hampton directed the Crisis Action Task Force for Operation VALIANT RETURN, the EP-3 crew return and expatriation from Hainan Island, People’s Republic of China.
Prior to retiring in June 2011 as a U.S. Navy Captain, Mr. Hampton served at U.S. Pacific Command as the Chief of Strategy and Assessments (J56), Director, Joint Interagency Coordination Group (JIACG) and Director, Joint Operations Center. During his tenure at U.S. Pacific Command, Mr. Hampton served as the Co-Chairman of the Interagency Committee for the U.S.- Philippines Mutual Defense Board.
Prior to assuming his current duties as the JIATF West Deputy Director, Mr. Hampton served as the JIATF West representative to Indonesia and Malaysia.
In addition to receiving his undergraduate degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981, Mr. Hampton holds two Master’s Degrees. He attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University earning a Master of Arts degree in International Relations, graduating in May 1998. He attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) at The National Defense University in Washington, DC earning a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy graduating in June 2003.
Mr. Hampton is fluent in Tagalog, proficient in Spanish and a novice at Mandarin.