Lieutenant Colonel Tucker Hamilton is the United States Air Force’s 2019-2020 MIT Security Studies Program Military Fellow. Prior to this assignment, he served as Commander and Director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force flight test squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, California. His unit was responsible for the developmental flight test of all three variants of the F-35.
Lieutenant Colonel Hamilton earned his commission through the University of Colorado ROTC program in 2002. He attended Specialized Undergraduate Pilot training with a follow-on operational assignment in the F-15C at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. He later served as an Air Liaison Officer in Germany and as an initial cadre of the MC-12 Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance aircraft in Afghanistan. He attended USAF Test Pilot School in 2011. Upon graduation, he conducted flight test on the F-15C & F-15E at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. He also served as a Program Manager for the F-35 Joint Program Office in Washington D.C.