Colonel Todd Hook was commissioned as an Armor Officer in September 1999, following graduation from Old Dominion University, Norfolk Virginia. His first assignment was with 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Irwin California from 2000 to 2004. There he served as a Tank Platoon Leader in C Troop, the Squadron Fire Support Officer, and Scout Platoon Leader. In May of 2003, he deployed with TF Blackhorse in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (Camp Phoenix, Kabul Afghanistan) as the Embedded Tactical Trainer for Reconnaissance with the 3rd Afghan National Army (ANA) Brigade (Mech).
Upon his return from Afghanistan in December 2003, he attended the Expeditionary Warfare School, in Quantico Virginia, from 2004-2005. After graduation, he was assigned to Fort Bliss Texas, where he served in 4th Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division from 2005-2008. While in the Longknife Brigade, he served as the Commander for C Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment (ARS), deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2006-2008. Returning in December, 2007, he transitioned to Joint Task Force North, serving in the J3 for plans and exercises and as the Secretary of the Joint Staff, from 2008-2010.
After completing Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth Kansas, COL Hook returned to Fort Bliss, where he was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division. During his time in the Bulldog Brigade, he served as the Operations Officer for 1st Squadron, 13th Cavalry Regiment, deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 11-12. Returning in August of 2012, he transitioned positions the following February, serving as the Brigade Operations Officer for the next 14 months.
In July of 2014, COL Hook was assigned to III Corps at Fort Hood Texas, serving as the Deputy G3 for Current Operations and in May of 2015, COL Hook assumed command of 3rd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment. In June of 2016, Thunder Squadron deployed to Afghanistan in Support of Operation Resolute Support and Freedom’s Sentential, supporting Train, Advise and Assist with the 203rd ANA Corps and Special Operations Command, returning in February 2017.
After his Change of Command, COL Hook served at the G3 for 1st Cavalry Division, deploying back to Afghanistan and serving as the J3 for the Division’s mission as headquarters, USFOR-A. Upon redeployment in September of 2017, COL Hook continued serving as the Division G3 until July 2018. Upon graduating from the Army War College in June of 2019, COL Hook and his family transitioned to Washington DC, where he served as the Executive Officer to the Chief, Army Legislative Liaison in the Pentagon prior to their move to Fort Irwin California.
COL Hook’s military training and education includes the Basic Airborne Course, the Armor Officer Basic Course, The Joint Firepower Control Course, the Scout Leader’s Course, the US Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School, the Cavalry Leader’s Course, the Army Command and General Staff College, The Center for Creative Leadership, and the Army War College.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2 OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal (Combat Device), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), the NATO Meritorious Service Meal, and the Combat Action Badge.
COL Hook is married to Major (Ret.) Arpi Sarkisian, and they have two daughters – Rory (11) and Aiden (10).
CSM Anthony Walker is a native of Shorter, Alabama. He entered the U.S. Army in 1992 and completed Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Readiness Training at Fort Benning, Georgia as an Infantry (11B). His military education includes Air Assault School, Dragon Gunners Course, Battle Staff Course, Close Marksmanship Course, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Basic Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Seniors Leaders Course, First Sergeants Course, and the Sergeants Major Course (Class 62).
CSM Walker has served in numerous leadership and staff positions in the Infantry including Fire Team Leader, Rifle Squad Leader, Bradley Commander, Brigade Operations Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Plans and Operation NCOIC, and Operations Sergeant Major.
His assignments include:
Squad Automatic Rifleman, Radio Telephone Operator and Dragon Gunner; Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. 1992 to 1994.
Bradley Driver, Rifleman and Team Leader; Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Vilseck, Germany. 1994 to 1996.
Squad Leader; Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia. 1996 to 1998.
Bradley Commander and Squad Leader, Bravo and Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany from 1998 to 2001; Assistant Brigade Operations Sergeant and Brigade Operations Sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany, from 2001 to 2004.
Platoon Sergeant, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment (Separate), Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany from 2004 to 2007; First Sergeant, Charlie Company 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment (Separate), Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany from 2007 to 2008; First Sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Company 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment (Separate), Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany from 2008 to 2010; and Plans and Operations NCOIC, Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany from 2010 to 2011.
Operations Sergeant Major, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division from 2012 to 2013; Command Sergeant Major, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment from 2013 to 2015; Task Force Senior Enlisted Maneuver Observer, Coach Trainer, Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany from 2015 to 2017; Brigade Operations Sergeant Major, Observer, Coach, and Trainer, Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany from 2017 to 2018; and Operations Group Operations Sergeant Major, Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany from 2018 to 2019.
CSM Walker’s operational and combat deployments include Macedonia, Bosnia, Albania, Kosovo (2), Iraq, and Afghanistan (2).
His awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal (2OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (4OLC), Army Commendation Medal (4OLC), Army Achievement Medal (6OLC), Presidential Unit Citation, Army Superior Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (9th award), National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NCOPD numeral 5, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon numeral 8, United Nations Medal with Bronze Star, NATO Medal with Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.