Captain (Ret.) Brandon W. Hardin

Department of Defense Strategic Advisor - Pharmaceuticals
University of Mississippi, B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Mississippi, Doctor of Pharmacy
About Captain (Ret.) Brandon W. Hardin
Captain Hardin is a native of Southaven, MS, and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the summer of 1999 through the Navy Health Science Collegiate Program. His first duty station was at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA, where he was exposed to a breadth of clinical and leadership experiences in pharmacy and the Navy. His second tour was at Branch Medical Clinic, Meridian, MS, as the sole pharmacist and he oversaw laboratory and radiology services. In 2005, he transferred to Naval Health Clinic, Charleston, SC, honing his pharmacy leadership skills at a much bigger and busier pharmacy. His next duty was to Afghanistan for one year supporting Operation Enduring Freedom as a pharmacist mentor on an embedded training team at the Afghan National Army’s largest military hospital located in Kabul. Following this deployment, he completed an overseas tour serving as the Department Head, Pharmacy at U.S. Naval Hospital, Sigonella, Italy. He also gained a deep insight into Navy Medicine while serving as the Command Evaluator and Medical Inspector General Liaison.

In 2012, he transferred to Fort Detrick, MD and served as Chief, Pharmacy Programs, at the Defense Health Agency, Medical Logistics Division. During this tour he managed the DoD/FDA Shelf-Life Extension Program, the Joint Deployment Formulary, and the DoD Pandemic Influenza Stockpile Program. His next assignment was to serve as Department Head of Pharmacy at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, FL, the third busiest hospital in the Navy. In 2018, he was appointed by the Surgeon General as the Pharmacy Consultant and Specialty Leader at the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), and fleeted up to serve as the Deputy Assistant Deputy Chief for Medical Operations (M3). In September of 2020, he was deployed to the CDC in Atlanta in support of Operation Warp Speed, to assist with the planning and execution of COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration. His last duty assignment in the Navy before retiring was serving as the Senior Assignments Officer for the Medical Service Corps at Navy Personnel Command in Millington, TN.

He is married to the former Joy Vinzetta of Southaven, MS and they have two children, Graham (age 28) and Collin (age 24).

His military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal.