69th Colonel of the Regiment: Todd W. Hook
COL 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, 06-08. Returning in December of 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 3d Squadron, 3d 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 (2OLC), 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, they have two daughters – Rory (11) and Aiden (10).