In 1992, Director Hill enlisted into the US Army as an Infantryman where he served with the 53rd Separate Infantry Brigade until the rank of Sergeant. In 1994, he was commissioned into the Regular Army as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry. He served as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Executive Officer for A Company, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the 82nd Airborne Division from 1994-1997.
His first assignment in Special Forces was a detachment commander in C Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) where he commanded Special Operational Detachment Alphas 331, 332, and 334 from 1999 to 2001. He then served from 2001-2002 as the Company Commander for the Headquarters and Support Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne).
Next he was selected and served as a Small Group Instructor for the Special Forces Detachment Commanders Qualification Course at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center from 2002-2004. In 2005, he served as the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) Adjutant and the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan Assistant Operations Officer. In 2006 and 2007, he commanded Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne). He led Charlie Company on numerous combat operations during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Some of these operations include Operation MEDUSA, Operation EAGLE BANDIT, and Operation BAAZ TSUKA I and II.
After Operation MEDUSA he was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor, NATO Meritorious Service Medal, Canadian Commander and Chief Medal for his actions during the Battle of Sperwan Ghar in September 2006 as part of Operation MEDUSA. Jared also received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received during the Battle of Sperwan Ghar. Before leaving 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), he also served as the Battalion Operation Officer. In July 2008, he continued serving as an Operation Officer in the USSOCOM, J33-Central Command Global Support Group.
In August 2010, Director Hill was selected by the Commander of USSOCOM to be the USSOCOM Special Operations Liaison Officer (SOLO) to Australia. As part of Jared’s SOLO assignment he was assigned to the Australia Special Operations Command located in Bungendore, Australia and served as a key member of the country team member for the US Embassy, Canberra, Australia. Jared’s final assignment has been as the Training Readiness Division Chief in the Training Division for the United States Special Operations Command.
Some of Director Hill’s US awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Valorous Unit Award, the Bronze Star Medal for Valor and 2 oak leaf clusters, the Purple Heart, The Defense Meritorious Service Medal, The Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal, The Combat Infantry Badge, the Expert Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Ranger Tab, and Special Forces Tab. Director Hill’s foreign military decorations included Canadian Commander and Chief’s Medal. He has also earned Australian and British Parachutist badges.
Director Hill is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advance Courses, and the Special Forces Qualification Course. He holds a Master’s Degree from the United States Command and General Staff College and graduated from the University of South Florida in 1994.
After retiring from the US Army Jared worked for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office as a Range Master and Firearms Instructor before returning to USSOCOM as a Defense Contractor. In March of this year Jared was hired by Sheriff Nocco for his experience and skill in directing crisis situations for a new the Emergency Operations Division in the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
Jared is a member and supporter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Special Forces Association, AM VETs, and Wounded Warrior Foundation.
He is married to the former Caroline Gehring of Plant City, Florida. Caroline was a member of the United States Coast Guard and the former Assistant to the Management Counselor at the United States Embassy, Canberra, Australia. They have two sons Caleb, 20 and is currently a student at Florida Gulf Coast University and Joshua 16 a high school student at Calvary Christian High School.