Notable Clients: Joan "Corky" Hamilton
Editor's Note: This article is the first in a new series featuring Kimbrough Law clients who have done big things out in the world. Watch for a new installment every quarter.
Joan "Corky" Hamilton is a legend, trailblazer, and World Police Olympian in Firearms shooting competitions. She began her law enforcement career in 1978 as a public safety officer with the Tennessee Valley Authority in Knoxville, Tennessee. From 1986 to 1001, she was an Air Interdiction Officer (AIO) and Criminal Investigator assigned to the Miami Aviation Branch and Marine Interdiction Units, a firearms instructor, and a member of the Blackhawk bust crew. From 1983-1986, Corky was the only female firearms instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Brunswick, Georgia. The FLETC facility trains over 200 different federal agencies and it is where all federal agents receive training.
She was the first woman ever to earn a position on the FLETC and the U.S. Customs National Shooting Pistol Teams. In 1985, she earned the title of the NRA National Police Revolver Women's Champion, Top Gun, and won 15 Medals at various State, Regional, National and World Police Firearms competitions. From 1985 -1989, she competed in four World Police Olympics, winning 37 medals (22 Gold) and which led her to compete and win 10 gold and two bronze medals at the World Police Olympics in 1989 in Sydney, Australia. She was "Top Gun" at four International Association of Women Police conventions, winning several guns, silver plaques, and trophies 🏆.
Corky won all of her medals in contests populated exclusively by men. She gives God the glory for all her shooting achievements.
In 1991, Corky joined the U.S. Forest Service. She retired after 31 years as a Federal Agent/Officer from the U.S. Forest Service (Chattahoochee-Oconee NF-GA). She resides in Gainesville, Georgia. A "steel range" was dedicated in her behalf at the Complete Combatant range in Dahlonega, Georgia.
Corky says that the biggest blessing she received after retiring from "law dog" work, was meeting Haley Brock and Mr. Kimbrough at the Kimbrough Law office in Gainesville, Georgia. They provided valuable estate planning and asset protection documents for her and for an elderly loved one. That was the need that brought her to Kimbrough Law. She loved the experience of working with Kim and Hailey, and is grateful and indebted for their expertise.
Source: America's Drug Enforcement Air Force: Customer, Coast Guard, CAP, DEA, and DoD Airborne Drug Busters