Col. Karen E. Hobart
Colonel Karen E. Hobart is a Military Intelligence Officer with the United States Army. She has served in a variety of staff and leadership assignments.
Colonel Hobart commissioned into the U.S. Army in 1997. Her first assignment was with 2nd Infantry Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York, where she served as a Brigade Assistant S2. She subsequently served as S2 in the 10th Military Police Battalion in Bosnia, and then in the 110th Military Intelligence Battalion, as Platoon Leader.
After the Career Course, Colonel Hobart served as the 11th Aviation Regiment S2 in Illesheim, Germany, with a follow-on assignment as the Deputy Analysis and Control Element (ACE) Chief for the 101st Military Intelligence Battalion in Würzburg, Germany.
In 2004, Colonel Hobart took command of Delta Company, 101st Military Intelligence Battalion in Iraq, and served as the company commander for 18 months. Following company command, she was assigned to the 741st Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Meade, Maryland, as a fellow in the Junior Officer Career Cryptologic Program where she served in numerous offices to include the Counter Terrorism Mission Management Center, National Threat Operations Center, Collection Strategies and Requirements Center, and as the officer in charge for Counter-Terrorism Strategy Group 16 in Balad, Iraq. Following her first tour at Fort Meade, Maryland, she returned to the tactical force at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, where she served as the Single Source officer in charge in the ACE for I Corps in Iraq (Multi-National Corps-Iraq). She subsequently served as the Executive Officer for both the 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade Rear Detachment and then the 502nd MI Bn. Following her assignments with I Corps, COL Hobart served as the Operations Officer for the U.S. Army Field Support Center at Fort Meade, Maryland, where she supported the national human intelligence mission. She then returned to the 741st MI Bn, where she served as the Deputy Director for Cyber Support Operations. Colonel Hobart then assumed command of the 719th MI Bn in Korea. Her most recent assignment was as Deputy Chief for Foundational Services, Computer Network Operations.
Colonel Hobart is a recent graduate of the Senior Service College at the Eisenhower School for National Strategy and Resources. Her awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (3 Oak Leaf Cluster19988), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, and Combat Action Badge.
Educational accomplishments include a Bachelors in Political Science and a Bachelors in History from the University of California, Irvine; Masters of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, Virginia; Masters of Science in Information Systems and Telecommunications from Johns Hopkins University; and Masters of Science in National Security and Resource Strategy. She also has a certificate in Organizational Consulting and Change Leadership from Georgetown University.