LTG Reynold Hoover, USA
Deputy Commander, U.S. Northern Command, Vice Commander, U.S. Element, NORAD
Global Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Symposium & Exhibition : Keynote Address
Lieutenant General Reynold N. Hoover is the Deputy Commander, U.S. Northern Command, and Vice Commander, U.S. Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. As Deputy Commander,General Hoover assists the Combatant Commander in anticipating, preparing and responding to threats against North America and within Northern Command’s assigned area of responsibility. Additionally, he provides oversight of U.S.Northern Command’s Defense Support to Civil Authorities.
General Hoover graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1983 and was commissioned as a Military Police officer. After service as a platoon leader and company executive officer, he transferred to the Ordnance Corps and was trained as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer. In 1988, General Hoover joined the Alabama Army National Guard where he subsequently commanded at the detachment, battalion, task force, and group levels. General Hoover deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2009-2010 where he commanded the Joint Sustainment Command in Kandahar. Most recently, he commanded the 167th Theater Sustainment Command from 2011-2014.
From 2002-2003, General Hoover served as Chief of Staff for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In this role, he was responsible for coordinating the day-to-day operations of FEMA and synchronizing emergency management functions across the interagency. Subsequently, he led FEMA’s Office of National Security Coordination from 2003-2005. In 2005, General Hoover was appointed as Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security. In addition to his role as Special Assistant, he also served as the Senior Director for Nuclear Defense & Continuity Policy on the Homeland Security Council. In this capacity, General Hoover was responsible for developing domestic nucleardefense policy recommendations and coordinated national continuity of government programs and policies.
From 2014-2016, General Hoover served as the National Guard Bureau’s Director of Intelligence and Director of Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4).In this dual capacity, he provided strategic guidance on intelligence and C4 policy to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau and the Joint Staff, and ensured coordination of intelligence and C4-related matters across the Department of Defense. Prior to his current position, General Hoover served as Mobilization Assistant to the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
General Hoover holds a Bachelor’s of Science from the United States Military Academy, a Master’s of Arts in Public-Private Management from Birmingham-Southern College, and a Master’s in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. He also holds a Juris Doctorate from The Catholic University of America’s Columbus Law School, and is a graduate of Harvard University’s National & International Security Seminar. His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and the Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge.