Friday, September 21, 2012

Home Base Program names new executive director


Retired Brig. Gen. Jack Hammond has been named executive director of the Red Sox Foundation and the MGH Home Base Program, which provides clinical care, community education and research in support of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and families affected by post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.

Hammond succeeds John Parrish, MD, executive director of the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT), a Vietnam veteran who helped found the Home Base Program. Parrish retired from the position last spring.

During his 30-year career in the U.S. Army, Hammond commanded troops at the platoon, troop, battalion and brigade levels both at home and abroad, including Iraq in 2003 and Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012. In July 2011, Hammond became the first Massachusetts National Guard officer to achieve the rank of general in a combat theater since World War II. Hammond is the recipient of numerous military honors, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Army Commendation Medal for Valor with Oak Leaf Cluster. For Hammond’s full biography, visit

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