Dustin Hill grew up in rural Montgomery County, Missouri. After graduating Wellsville-Middletown R-1, he attended Mizzou to study engineering and seek a commission as a naval officer. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at the end of 1998 after only a semester.
Mr. Hill attended Marine Recruit Training in San Diego, the School of Infantry in Camp Pendleton, and Amphibious Reconnaissance School in Fort Story. He attained the Reconnaissance Man military occupational specialty (0321) and was assigned to 1st Reconnaissance Company, Camp Pendleton.
On September 11, 2001, Corporal Hill was on his first deployment (WEST-PAC) in Darwin, Australia. He and his platoon immediately deployed to Pakistan and then onward to Afghanistan as part of Task Force 58, which included the occupation of Camp Rhino and Kandahar airport.
Sergeant Hill transferred to 1st Force Reconnaissance Company and deployed for the invasion of Iraq. He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in early 2007.
Mr. Hill continued to serve his country as a privately-contracted operational specialist, working for the State Department and other federal entities for over twenty foreign tours and two years domestically.
He began attending Georgia State University in 2009, and studied Arabic and Economics for a year abroad at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, as a Boren Scholar in 2011. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Economics (Summa Cum Laude) from the Robinson College of Business in 2015.
Mr. Hill was awarded a presidential scholarship to study graduate-level Economics from BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo, Norway, which he attended in 2017. He returned to the States in 2018, however, to take a domestic contract position for two years. He then deployed to high-threat overseas assignments until returning to Missouri (hopefully, for good) in late 2021.
He is now seeking the Republican nomination to represent his home district, Missouri’s 3rd, in the U.S. Congress.