Adam Hinds is a native of Pleasant View, Tennessee and a graduate of Sycamore High School. In 2002, he enlisted in the United States 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 part of STUMP's decommissioning crew and had the distinct privilege to be the last Master Helmsman to helm the ship. After STUMP's decommissioning he attended Global Command and Control System - Maritime (GCCS-M) school.
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. Additionally, he competed in the 2010 Surface Forces Atlantic Enlisted Shiphandling Competition and placed third.
He 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 also conducted military funerals regularly as part of NOSC Nashville's Funeral Honors team.
He mobilized to Djibouti in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa from May 2016 to May 2017 where he worked as a Watch Supervisor in the Joint Operations Center (JOC). He was promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Officer on September 16, 2016. He then mobilized as the Operations Leading Chief Petty Officer and Training Officer for Expeditionary Combat Readiness Command Forward in Qatar and Afghanistan.
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 and participated in the Model United Nations program, competing in various conferences domestically and at the UN’s University for Peace in Costa Rica. He completed his Master of Arts in Christian Practice with emphasis on Theology and Conflict Management at Lipscomb University in 2016.
Personal awards include five Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, and various other personal and unit awards.