Adam Hinds is a native of Pleasant View, Tennessee, and graduate of Sycamore High School. In 2002, he enlisted in the Navy as an undesignated seaman. During his first deployment to South America aboard the USS Stump (DD 978) he qualified as a Master Helmsman, "struck" to become an Operations Specialist, and advanced to Petty Officer Third Class. He was then part of Stump's decommissioning crew and went to Global Command and Control System - Maritime (GCCS-M) school to earn the 0342 Navy Enlisted Classification.
In 2004, after completing GCCS-M school, he reported aboard USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) in Yokosuka, Japan. While serving aboard Vandegrift he qualified as Track Supervisor and Combat Information Center Watch Supervisor. He participated in Vandegrift's homeport shift to San Diego, California and crew swap with USS Mustin (DDG 89). In 2007, he transitioned to the Navy Reserves where he served with Maritime Civil Affairs Squadron 2.
He transitioned back to active duty in November 2007 and was assigned to Patrol Coastal Crew Juliet (PCCJ) in Little Creek, Virginia. While onboard PCCJ, he qualified Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, Quartermaster of the Watch, Duty Armorer, Boat Deck Petty Officer in Charge, Navigator, Integrated Training Team Leader, and Officer of the Deck (Underway) among various other qualifications. Additionally, he served as the Combat Information Center Officer, Enlisted Intelligence Assistant, Training Officer, and Navigator. He completed three deployments to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He again transitioned to the Navy Reserves in July of 2011. He served with Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10 (CPRW 10) in Whidbey Island, Washington and Expeditionary Strike Group Seven (ESG 7) in Okinawa, Japan. While assigned to ESG 7, he qualified as Battle Watch Captain.
He mobilized to Djibouti from May 2016 to May 2017 supporting Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa as a Watch Supervisor in the Joint Operations Center (JOC). While mobilized, he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer.
From September 2017 to September 2018 he mobilized to Qatar and Afghanistan supporting Expeditionary Combat Readiness Command, assisting sailors deployed to various countries throughout the Middle East. He currently supports Expeditionary Strike Group 7 and Maritime Sealife Command - Far East.
He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2014 with a Bachelor's of Science in International Relations with minors in Global Studies and Religious Studies. While at MTSU, he served as President of Young Americans for Liberty, participated in the Model United Nations program, and traveled to Costa Rica and Israel. He completed his Master of Arts in Christian Practice with emphasis on Conflict Management at Lipscomb University in 2016.
Personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, five Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, and various other personal and unit awards.