LTG Reynold N. Hoover
Deputy Commander, USNORTHCOM
Lieutenant General Reynold N. Hoover is the Deputy Commander, U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) 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 USNORTHCOM’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, he 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; while there, 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, he 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 and Continuity Policy on the Homeland Security Council. In this capacity, General Hoover was responsible for developing domestic nuclear defense policy recommendations and coordinating national continuity of government programs and policies.
From 2014–2016, he 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. He also ensured coordination of intelligence and C4-related matters across the Department of Defense. Prior to his current position, he served as Mobilization Assistant to the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
General Hoover holds a BS from the United States Military Academy, an MA in Public-Private Management from Birmingham-Southern College, and an MA 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 and International Security Seminar. His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal; the Legion of Merit; the Bronze Star; the Meritorious Service Medal; the Humanitarian Service Medal; and the Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge.