Lt Colonel Jeff Hemmes is the commander of Air Force ROTC Detachment 5 at Auburn University in Alabama. He has a total of 19 years of active military service in both the Air Force and Marine Corps, frequently competing in pool and open water races while balancing work and raising 5 children.
Hemmes was a member of the United States Air Force relay team that completed the Round Jersey swim in 10 hours 31 minutes under the auspices of the Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club in 2012. His teammates included Team Captain Tim Lawrence, Stacia Hemmes, Kat Le and Jason Nemes.
They completed the Round Jersey relay together with the Better Late than Never (11 hours 19 minutes), British Army Swimming Union (9 hours 30 minutes), Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club (10 hours 1 minutes), Royal Air Force Swimming Association (9 hours 26 minutes), and Battle Back (UK Combined Services, 10 hours 35 minutes) to help raise £35000 for Holidays For Heroes - Jersey.