Born on 1 July 1952 in Pennsylvania as the son of a US Marine veteran, Lieutenant General Hummer retired from the US Marine Corps on 1 Aug 2015 after 41 years of active service. After enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1970, and an honorable discharge as a sergeant in 1973, Lieutenant General Hummer was commissioned following graduation from Albright College, PA, in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psycho-Biology.
His assignments in the operating forces included: Rifle Platoon Commander, Company Commander, Battalion Commander and Regimental Commander within 1st Marine Division; Chief of Staff, Joint Special Operations Command; Director of Operations, US Forces-Iraq; and Deputy to the Commander for Military Operations, US Africa Command. Lieutenant General Hummer participated in combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Supporting establishment duties included: Ceremonial Company Commander, Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C; Commanding General, Marine Corps Base Hawaii; Deputy Commander, Marine Forces Pacific; Chief of Staff, US Special Operations Command; and Commander, Marine Corps Forces Reserve and Marine Corps Forces North.
Lieutenant General Hummer is a graduate of several schools within the Marine Corps University; and earned a master’s degree in International Security Studies from the Air War College.
His decorations include: Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Combat “V”, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and other personal awards and decorations.
Lieutenant General Hummer currently serves as a Senior Mentor to the US Marine Corps and a Senior Fellow to National Defense University, providing guidance, training and education.
Lieutenant General Hummer and his wife, Sheri, reside in The Woodlands, Texas.