Lieutenant General Reynold Hoover retired in December 2018 from his final assignment as the Deputy Commander of U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) with over 35 years of service.
Prior to his NORTHCOM assignment, General Hoover served briefly at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) as the Mobilization Assistant to the Director. From 2014 to 2016, he served as the National Guard Bureau’s Director of Intelligence and Chief Information Officer. General Hoover deployed to Afghanistan in 2009-2010, serving as the Commanding General of the Joint Sustainment Command. During his career, General Hoover commanded EOD warriors at the detachment, task force, battalion and group levels, including while deployed in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. His last command was as a Major General at the 167th Theater Sustainment Command.
Complementing his military service as a National Guardsmen, General Hoover also has had a distinguished civilian career. He started as a Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, followed by a stint as an attorney in private practice.
From 2002 to 2003, General Hoover served as the Chief of Staff for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), then leading FEMA’s Office of National Security Coordination. In 2005, General Hoover was appointed as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security, responsible for homeland security, continuity of government programs and policies, as well as nuclear defense matters.
General Hoover joined CSX Corporation in 2007 as Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Police & Infrastructure Protection; and, later, he was appointed AVP for Law & Risk Management at CSX Intermodal, Inc., serving as chief counsel.
In 2011, General Hoover returned to federal service as a Senior Intelligence Service Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). His last assignment was as the Deputy Director, Office of Public Affairs, a position he held until his retirement from federal civil service in 2018.
General Hoover graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1983, and holds Masters degrees in Public and Private Management from Birmingham Southern College, and Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. He received his law degree from The Catholic University of America in 1997.
General Hoover holds several military awards and decorations, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and the Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge. He serves on the board of The Old Soldiers Home Foundation and is member of The Florida Bar and the District of Columbia Bar. General Hoover’s interests include mountaineering, scuba diving, flying and reading.