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A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Colonel Hilton was commissioned as an Aviation Officer following his graduation from Millersville University in 1992.  His first assignment following the Officer Basic Course and flight school was to Germany where he served as a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer for the 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry, 1st Armored Division and later 7-227th Aviation Battalion.  As a company Executive Officer in 7-227th Aviation he deployed to Bosnia as part of OPERATION COMBINED ENDEAVOR.

After completing the Aviation Officers Advanced Course, he was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas.  While there he served in the 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment as the Squadron Adjutant and an Air Troop Commander, deploying the Troop to Bosnia in support of OPERATION JOINT FORGE.

In 2000 Colonel Hilton attended Advanced Civil Schooling and graduated from Baylor University with a Master’s Degree in Information Systems Management and was assigned at the Center for Army Lessons Learned, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  While at Fort Leavenworth, he also attended the Command and General Staff College.

Afterwards he was selected to serve on a team to establish the Army’s first tactical knowledge management program and help create the Battle Command Knowledge Systems enabling combat operations.  While there he deployed to Baghdad, Iraq to support the 1st Cavalry Division’s implementation of the first Command Post of the Future (CPOF) system, CAVNet and SharePoint.

Colonel Hilton was then assigned to U.S. European Command (EUCOM) in Stuttgart, Germany and served at the Joint Operations Center, a Special Project Officer for the Commander, and then as the Chief of Staff’s Executive Officer.

He then returned back to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and was assigned as a division chief during the establishment of the Army’s Mission Command Center of Excellence and integration of Mission Command Doctrine.  While there, he participated on an Army wide team that developed the semi-annual Network Integration Evaluation conducted at Fort Bliss, Texas to assess an integrate tactical networks and systems. From Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Colonel Hilton deployed to Iraq as a member of the Office Security Cooperation – Iraq, both during OPERATION NEW DAWN and then later within the U.S Embassy upon completion of military operations.  He returned to the Combined Arms Center as the Chief Knowledge Officer before attending the War College at the National Defense Universities Resource Management School.

Colonel Hilton’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5 oak leaf clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1 oak leaf cluster), Iraqi Campaign Medal, Senior Aviator Badge, and Parachutist Badge.