Sustain the Force!



MG Charles R. Hamilton
Commanding General

Major General Charles R. Hamilton became the Commanding General of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command on 7 June 2018. Hailing from Houston, Texas, Major General Hamilton enlisted in the U.S. Army. Upon completion of basic and individual training, he was assigned to Fort Hood, TX. In Feb 1988, he graduated from Officer Candidate School as the Distinguished Military Graduate and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps.

After graduation from the Quartermaster Basic Course, he was assigned as a Platoon Leader in the 240th Quartermaster Battalion, Fort Lee, VA and later selected as aide-de-camp to the Commanding General, Troop Support Command. Following his assignment as aide-de-camp, he attended the Quartermaster Advanced Course. Subsequent assignments include: Company Commander, 305th Quartermaster Company, Korea; Board Recorder Department of the Army Secretariat, Human Resources Command (HRC); Army Quartermaster Captains Assignment Officer, HRC; Joint Chiefs of Staff Intern/J4, Pentagon; Logistics Staff Officer, G-4 Pentagon; Chief of Supply and Services, 101st Corps Support Group, Fort Campbell, KY; Support Operations Officer and Executive Officer, 561st Corps Support Battalion, Fort Campbell, KY; Quartermaster Organizational Integrator, G-3/5/7, U.S. Army, Pentagon; Executive Officer to the Vice Director, DLA, Fort Belvoir, VA; Commander DLA Contingency Support Team-Afghanistan; Joint Logistics Planner and Plans and Exercises Officer, DLA, Fort Belvoir, VA; Battalion Commander, 498th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, Korea; Assignment Officer, Colonels Management Office, Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army, Pentagon; Commander, USFOR-A Support South/Southwest, Afghanistan; Commander, 101st Sustainment Brigade, Fort Campbell, KY, deploying his Brigade ďTask Force LifelinerĒ to Afghanistan. After brigade command, he was assigned as the Executive Officer to the Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, U.S. Army, Pentagon. He subsequently served as the commander of DLA Troop Support, Philadelphia, PA. He was most recently the Assistant Chief of Staff of J4, United States Forces Korea, Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, U4, United Nations Command, and Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, C4, Combined Forces Command.

Major General Hamiltonís education includes a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Virginia State University, Masters in Public Administration from Central Michigan University and a second Masters in Military Studies from Marine Corps University. His military education includes Senior Service College as a 2012 OSD Corporate Fellow, the Marine Command and Staff and the Joint Forces Staff College, the Quartermaster Officer Basic and Advanced Course, and the Combined Arms and Services Staff School. He has completed Airborne, Air Assault and Rigger School.

Major General Hamiltonís awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2nd Awd), Bronze Star Medal (2nd Awd), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Awd), Meritorious Service Medal (9th Awd), Joint Service Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Army Commendation Medal (3rd Awd), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (7th Awd), Good Conduct Medal (2nd Awd) and OEF Campaign Awards. He has also been awarded the Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Parachute Rigger Badge, Air Assault Badge, Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge.



Colonel Richard A. Ellis
Deputy Commanding Officer

Colonel Richard A. Ellis is the Deputy Commanding Officer, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

Colonel Ellis is a native of Shelby, N.C. and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery upon graduation in 1989 from The Citadel, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He also holds a Masters in Strategic Studies from the Army War College.

Upon graduation from the Officer Basic Course, he was initially assigned 1-77th Field Artillery Regiment, 194th Armor Brigade at Fort Knox, Kentucky. His positions included Company Fire Support Officer and Fire Direction Officer. As a result of Operation DESERT SHIELD, COL Ellis was reassigned in Aug 1990 to 1-320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), where he served as a Company Fire Support Officer in 2-502nd Infantry Regiment during OPERATION DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM. Upon returning to Fort Campbell, he served as Support & Maintenance Platoon Leader and Battery Executive Officer in 1-320th Field Artillery Regiment.

After attending the Quartermaster Officer Advanced Course in Oct 1993, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division Support Command where he served as the General Supply Officer and Commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 82nd Airborne Division Support Command. In Aug 1996, he joined the Army ROTC department at the Citadel, where he served as an Assistant Professor of Military science and the Detachment S-1.

In Aug 1999, he was assigned to the Defense Energy Support Center - Pacific, Defense Logistics Agency, at Pacific Command Headquarters, Camp Smith, Hawaii as the Petroleum Operations Officer. COL Ellis was then assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in Aug 2001, where he served as the Divisionís Headquarters Commandant and Brigade S4 for the Division Support Command. In May 2003, COL Ellis was assigned to the 307th Forward Support Battalion, 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division as the Brigade Support Operations Officer, serving in OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. After returning in Apr 2004, he served as the Divisionís Materiel Management Officer.

In August 2005, he was assigned to U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany where he served as a Joint Logistics Planner. He assumed command of the National Training Centerís Echelon's Above Brigade Support Battalion at Fort Irwin, California in Aug, 2007. After completion of command, he was assigned as the Quartermaster Operational Integrator to the Force Modernization Directorate of the Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. Upon graduation from the Army War College in Jun 2011, COL Ellis served as the Deputy Director, Defense Logistics Agency, Disposition Services in Battle Creek, Michigan. In 2013 he was assigned to 8th Theater Sustainment Command and served as the Chief of the Distribution Management Center.

He departed in 2014 to serve as the Commander of Defense Logistics Agency Ė Pacific. In Sep of 2016, COL Ellis deployed to Bagram Afghanistan to serve as the DLA Support Team Commander in support of OPERATION FREEDOM SENTINAL. In June of 2017 he assumed the duties of the Chief of Staff for the 8th TSC.

COL Ellisí military schools include the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, the Quartermaster Officer Advanced Course, Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College

COL Ellisí personal awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (2nd Award), the Bronze Star (3rd Award), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Award), the Meritorious Service Medal (5th Award), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), the Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Parachute Rigger Badge.


CSM Maurice V. Chaplin
Command Sergeant Major

CSM Maurice V. Chaplin is a native of Jacksonville, FL, where he entered active military service on 2 Oct 1989. He graduated from William M. Raines High School in June 1989. He enlisted as a 76Y Supply Specialist.

His assignments include C. Co. 121 Signal Battalion, Ft. Riley, KS, HSC 1st Signal Brigade, Yongsan Korea, 3/15 Infantry Battalion Fort Stewart, GA, 66 MI Battalion Augsburg, GE, 7th Special Forces Group (A) Fort Bragg, NC, 3rd Special Forces Group (A) Fort Bragg, NC, USASMA Fort Bliss, TX, HHC 1st Signal Brigade, Yongsan, Korea, DHHB, 1st ID, Fort Riley, KS, 10TH RSG Okinawa, Japan, 8TH TSC Honolulu, HI,19th ESC, Daegu, Korea.

CSM Chaplinís duty assignments include Unit Armorer, Supply Clerk, Supply Sergeant, S4 NCOIC, Detachment Sergeant, First Sergeant, Brigade S4 Sergeant Major, Battalion Command Sergeant Major, Brigade Command Sergeant Major and G3 Sergeant Major.

His deployments include Operation Desert Storm/ Desert Shield as a Supply Clerk and Unit Armorer, OEF VIII as the S4 NCOIC and Detachment Sergeant, OEF XII-OEF XIII as the Battalion Command Sergeant Major

His awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Service Accommodation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (9th Awd), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Awd), Korea Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal (3 bronze stars), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (3 bronze stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (#5), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (#4), Saudi Arabia Kuwait Liberation Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, NATO ISAF Medal Afghanistan, Combat Action Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge. CSM Chaplin was also awarded the Order of Saint Barbara and a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.

CSM Chaplin is a graduate of the Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic and Advance NCO Course, First Sergeantís Course, The United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, all levels of the Sergeants Major Pre-Command Course, and the Nominative Leaders Course.

CSM Chaplin holds an Associateís Degree in General Studies from Fayetteville Technical Community College, a Bachelors of Science in Management from The University of Phoenix, and a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Strategic Leadership from Trident University International.



8th TSC ensures readiness of assigned units, plans, integrates, and synchronizes theater distribution and sustainment with joint and enterprise partners, while building military relationships that develop partner (defense/sustainment) capacity in order tp (IOT) contribute to a stable and secure Indo-Pacific region.


8th Theater Sustainment Command is Operationalized as INDO-PACOM's Material Integrator, Synchronizing Capabilities and Resources from factory to foxhole while ensuring Soldiers and the Civilian workforce remain trained and ready. Sustain the Force!