Rear Adm. Hall is a 1982 graduate of the University of Texas Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps program and was designated a naval aviator in December 1983.
His operational sea assignments include service in Fighter Squadron 74, Fighter Squadron 11, and Fighter Squadron 102 flying the F-14A/B. He also served as executive officer of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Hall commanded an F/A-18C squadron, Strike Fighter Squadron 87, a fast combat support ship, USS Seattle (AOE 3), and a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). He assumed command of Carrier Strike Group Nine embarked in USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in October 2012.
Hall served ashore as an adversary instructor pilot with Fighter Squadron 43 and instructor pilot with Fighter Squadron 101. His first joint tour was as chief of staff, Standing Joint Forces Headquarters (SJFHQ), United States Joint Forces Command. His second joint tour, and first flag officer tour, was as deputy director for Operations, J3, Joint Staff.
He earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Affairs from the U.S. Naval War College in 1996, and completed the Navy’s nuclear power training program in 2002.
Hall has more than 4,000 flight hours in nine different military aircraft and has logged more than 900 carrier-arrested landings. His personal awards include Defense Superior Service medals, Legion of Merit medals, a Bronze Star and other personal, unit and campaign awards.