Rear Adm. Hamby is currently serving on the staff of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) and Information Infrastructure Capabilities (DCIO for C4IIC).
A native of Medina, Ohio, Hamby was commissioned from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps program in 1980. Early assignments included duty at Naval Regional Data Automation Center, Washington; commander, Naval Base Pearl Harbor; and plans and project management department head at the Data Processing Service Center, Pearl Harbor. She attended Boston University earning a Master of Science in Information Systems Management and a Master of Business Administration, graduating from both programs with highest honors. She was subsequently assigned as assistant professor of Computer Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy and then served as deputy director of the Communications Operations Directorate at Naval Computer and Telecommunication Station Washington. In 1994, she reported to USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) as part of the initial assignment of women to naval combatants. She participated in Eisenhower’s deployment to Haiti in support of Operation Uphold Democracy, completing her surface warfare qualification during Eisenhower’s 1994 Mediterranean deployment. In August 1995, she transferred to USS George Washington (CVN 73) to serve as the first afloat combat systems officer to combine information systems management, combat systems maintenance and telecommunications systems management in one department.
Hamby graduated from the U.S. Naval War College in November 1997, earning a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. Awarded the Vice Admiral Arthur Cebrowski award for best essay related to information warfare, command and control warfare and related systems and technology issues, she graduated with distinction and was named Presidential Honor Graduate. Hamby was then selected to serve as an associate fellow on the chief of naval operations’ Strategic Studies Group.
Hamby assumed command of Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Jacksonville, Fla., in August 1998, also reporting to Commander, Navy Region South East in an additional duty capacity as program manager for information technology. During this assignment, she served as the Navy’s Southeast Region Y2K coordinator for both computer systems and imbedded facilities.
Hamby is a 2001 graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College and winner of the National Defense University Foundation Writing Award for best essay on joint matters. She served on the staff of commander, Striking and Support Forces Southern Europe, as command liaison to the Commander, 6th Fleet staff and special assistant for information management and information operations issues. She assumed major command of U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Europe Central, Naples, Italy, in October 2002.
Following her major command tour Hamby served on the chief of naval operations staff as the FORCEnet Capabilities Assessment branch head and FORCEnet Warfare pillar deputy (N704B). During this tour, she accepted a temporary assignment as the director of Knowledge and Information Management on the staff of the Multi-National Force – Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq. In July 2006, she reported to her first flag assignment at Naval Network Warfare Command as director of Global Operations. In May 2008, she reported as director, Command Control Systems, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command. In May 2009, she was selected for a second star and in July 2009 reported as Joint Chiefs of Staff, vice director for C4 Systems (J6). In March 2011, she reported to the OSD staff.
Hamby's personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Legion of Merit with two Gold Stars, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Meritorious Service Medal with three Gold Stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star, the Army Achievement Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star, the Navy Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and various unit commendations and awards.