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David H. Huntoon

David H. Huntoon

United States Army general and Superintendent of the United States Military Academy
David H. Huntoon
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Intro United States Army general and Superintendent of the United States Military Academy
Is Military leader
From United States of America
Type Military
Gender male
Birth 15 October 1951
Age 69 years
Peoplepill ID david-h-huntoon
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Lieutenant General David Holmes Huntoon, Jr., USA completed a 40-year military career serving as the Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. He commanded West Point from July 15, 2010 until July 15, 2013, and retired from the Army on November 1, 2013. During his time in uniform, Huntoon served in infantry, planning, operations, training, strategy, and leader development positions, and commanded organizations from Platoon level to Army Major Command. Throughout his military career, Huntoon had alternating assignments between operational and leader development postings, and he gained a reputation as a highly skilled and innovative educator and a soldier-focused commander. He is the only Army general officer to have led the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army War College, and the U.S. Military Academy. Huntoon has unique experience in leader development in the U.S. military, and significantly influenced leader development programs in the U.S. Army as a general officer. As a Major, Huntoon wrote principal elements of the U.S. operational plan for the U.S. invasion of Panama (1989), and was a lead planner in the XVIII Airborne Corps plan for Operation Desert Storm (1990-1991).


David Huntoon was the son of a career U.S. Army Officer. Following his graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, he served as an Infantry Officer from 1974-1986 in a series of command and staff assignments in the United States and Germany. Following attendance at the Command and General Staff College and the School for Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, he served at XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. There he was deployed as a Senior War Plans Officer for Operation Just Cause and Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. From 1992-1994, he commanded a mechanized infantry battalion at Camp Casey, Korea, and served in Combined and Joint Plans for the Combined Forces Command and United Nations Command in Seoul. From 1994-1995, he was the Army's National Security Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He then took command of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). Following his service as the Executive Officer to the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, he was selected as an Army brigadier general, serving as a flag officer for the next thirteen years. His general officer assignments were as Assistant Division Commander of the 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; leadership of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; Director of Strategy, Plans and Policy for the US Army; Commandant of the U.S. Army War College; and Director of the Army Staff in the Pentagon.

Prior to his final assignment as the U.S. Military Academy Superintendent, Huntoon served as the Director of the U.S. Army Staff in the Pentagon, and as the Commandant of the U.S. Army War College. As the Director of the Army Staff he was responsible for the direction, supervision, and coordination of the Headquarters of the Army Staff in direct support of the vision of the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army. He oversaw the planning, coordination and implementation of the $240B Army budget, and policies and programs in support of a military and civilian workforce of 1.1M, in a time of major fiscal and personnel change in the Department of Defense. Huntoon planned and coordinated a restructuring of the Headquarters, Department of the Army in the Pentagon, aimed at reducing spaces and increasing efficiency in internal and external strategic communications. He also served as a principal Army spokesman in Strategic Communications engagements via all forms of multimedia, with Members of Congress and their professional staff, and multiple national and international military and civilian organizations.

As the Commandant of the U.S. Army War College, Huntoon was responsible for directing the leader development of its 400 senior US military and civilian leaders, and international officers from 50 nations, all competitively selected for future strategic leadership, managing a budget of $200M. Huntoon restructured the vision, mission, and curriculum of the War College, bringing change to the major elements of the graduate degree producing Strategic Studies program. During that service he was selected by Chief of Staff, US Army to lead a Task Force on Officer Leadership Development, redesigning Army officer personnel plans and policies for military’s complex future. Major elements eventually adopted and in place today include Army officer peer reviews and a new leader development program affecting 10,000 senior officers. He also led the Transition Teams of two US Army Chiefs of Staff.

In his last assignment he was the 58th Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He successfully led the education, training and leader development of the Nation’s most senior, largest and most highly ranked service academy with responsibility for 16,000 acres, a $400M budget, 5,000 personnel, and a highly educated and skilled military and civilian workforce. He measurably strengthened all academic and military programs in the context of a 25% percent reduction in Army funding by focusing on mission essential requirements and core excellence. Huntoon re-engineered the command vision and priorities, reinforced in a groundbreaking and innovative strategic master plan. Huntoon led the development of the first West Point Leader Development System, which established responsibility and measurable accountability for leadership across the entire organization and in key external audiences. Huntoon was selected by the Chief of Staff of the Army to co-chair a Task Force on Officer Leader Development with led to substantive outcomes implemented across the service. He led the planning, development and implementation campaign for the first new cadet barracks at West Point in over forty years; the largest single military construction project in the Army at $183M. He achieved an additional $51M in annual sustainment, restoration, and modernization funding for each of the next nine years to significantly improve the quality of life in all cadet housing.


Second Lieutenant insignia.pngSecond Lieutenant 2LT - Jun 6, 73
First Lieutenant insignia.pngFirst Lieutenant 1LT - Jun 6, 75
Captain insignia.pngCaptain CPT - Jun 6, 77
US-O4 insignia.svgMajor MAJ - Oct 1, 84
US-O5 insignia.svgLieutenant Colonel LTC - Jan 1, 91
US-O6 insignia.svgColonel COL - Sep 1, 95
US-O7 insignia.svgBrigadier General BG - Nov 1, 99
US-O8 insignia.svgMajor General MG - Jan 1, 03
US-O9 insignia.svgLieutenant General LTG - Jan 25, 08

Awards and decorations

Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Silver oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star
Defense Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal ribbon.svg Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal ribbon.svg Army Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal ribbon.svg Joint Service Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award ribbon.svg Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Superior Unit Award
Bronze star
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with two bronze service stars
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal ribbon.svg Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze service stars
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg Korea Defense Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon.svg Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon.svg Overseas Service Ribbon
Ordre national du Merite Chevalier ribbon.svg National Order of Merit (France), Knight
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) ribbon.svg Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) ribbon.svg Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
Expert Infantry Badge.svg Expert Infantryman Badge
United States Air Force Parachutist Badge.svg Basic Parachutist Badge
Ranger Tab.svg Ranger tab
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Badge
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png United States Army Staff Identification Badge
18 ABC CSIB.svg XVIII Airborne Corps Combat Service Identification Badge
Canadian jump wings.png Canadian Jump Wings


1. Major David Huntoon, The Aleutians, Lessons from a Forgotten Campaign, School for Advanced Military Studies, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Monograph #1, Spring 1988

2. Major David Huntoon, Tank Destroyers—A New Look at Old Doctrine, School for Advanced Military Studies, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, SAMS Monograph #2, Fall 1987

3. LTC David Huntoon, Winning the peace: Achieving the Commander-in-Chief’s vision in U.S. //Military Interventions Through Institutional Reforms in the Interagency Process, Working Papers in International Studies, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 1995

4. Williamson Murray, A Nation at War in an Era of Strategic Change, Forward by Major General David H. Huntoon, Create Space Independent Publishing Platform, 2004

5. Linda Witmer, Changing Images, The Art and Artists of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, Forward by Major General David H. Huntoon Jr., Cumberland County Historical Society, 2008

6. Edward Cox, Grey Eminence: Fox Conner and the Art of Mentorship, introduction by LTG David Huntoon, New Forums Press Inc., March 2011

7. Williamson Murray, Strategic Challenges for Counterinsurgency and the Global War on Terrorism, Forward by Major General David H. Huntoon Jr., Create Space Independent Publishing Platform, 2011

8. Col. Robert J. Dalessandro, Army Officer's Guide: 51st Edition, Forward by LTG David H. Huntoon Jr., Stackpole Books, 2011

9. Major General Eric Bonnemaison, Thou, My Fellow Officer, Preface by Lieutenant General David Huntoon, Economica, 2012

10. Col. Robert J. Dalessandro, Army Officer's Guide: 52nd Edition, Forward by LTG David H. Huntoon Jr., Stackpole Books, 2013

11. Quarterly articles in U.S. Military Academy Association of Graduates Journal, West Point, July 2010-July 2013

12. Quarterly articles on US Military Academy West Point home page, July 2010-July 2013

13. Leadership blogs on D2H Leadership Consulting, LLC website, http://www.davidhuntoon.com, June - January 2014, http://www.davidhuntoon.com/blog/


1. Interview with Carlisle Sentinel, January 17, 2008, The Sentinel Online News

2. DoD News Briefing, The Pentagon, May 8, 2008, http://www.c-span.org/video/?205289-1/cremation-soldiers-remains

3. Interview on CNBC, Meeting of the Minds: the Future of Leadership, September 15, 2010, http://www.cnbc.com/id/100007537, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRCCqSxibJw, http://www.films.com/ecTitleDetail.aspx?TitleID=23319

4. West Point Update, CBS Television Sports, September 3, 2010

5. Leaders of Character remarks, U.S. Army Strong Stories, November 15, 2010, http://armystrongstories.com/profile/david-huntoon

6. Update on West Point, Podcast, Sarwar Kashmeri, the Atlantic Council, January 2011, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXj0o8HZLhs

7. Army Update, the Roe and Roper Show, WLS-AM, Chicago, 30 May 2010

8. Interview with Robert Reiss on Leadership, The CEO Forum, Issue 4, 2011, pp 13–17, http://ceoshow.com/images/stories/magazine/CEO_Forum_Issue4-Cover.jpg

9. Army issues, Bloomberg TV News, March 2012

10. Interview on Leadership, Translating an Army Career into the Business World, Part 1, Jonathan Smith, http://www.chiefoptimizer.com/blog/4492/profile-story/david-h-huntoon-1

11. Interview on Leadership, Transitioning an Army Career into the Business World, Part 2, Jonathan Smith, http://www.chiefoptimizer.com/blog/4498/leadership/david-h-huntoon-jr

Major Speeches

LTG Huntoon has extensive public speaking experience on leadership issues including keynote addresses to military and civilian leaders in the People’s Republic of China, Russia, India, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Canada, Republic of Korea, Thailand, and Australia. US audiences have included major health organizations, major public events in New York City and Chicago, the Annual Meeting of the Society of American Engineers, universities and think tanks. Media interviews and articles include Fox News, CNBC, Bloomberg, the Atlantic Council, and CEO Magazine.

1. Keynote, Brookings Institution, Annual Executive Education in Leadership Excellence, Washington D.C., December 3, 2014

2. Keynote, Maryellen Reilly Leadership Lecture, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, October 2014

3. Capstone Leadership Speech, Graduating Class, US Army War College, Carlisle, PA, 24 July 2014

4. Keynote, Georgetown University ROTC Commissioning, Washington D.C., May 2013

5. Keynote, Society of Civil Engineers, NYC, January 2013

6. Keynote, International Military Academy Conference, Nanjing, People’s Republic of China, February 2012

7. Graduation Remarks, US Military Academy, West Point, NY, 2011-2013

8. Keynote, Annual Meeting, Foreign Area Officer’s Association, Washington DC, April 2010

9. Keynote, University of Washington Commissioning Ceremony, Seattle, WA, May 2008

10. Keynote, Gettysburg Address National Commemoration, PA, July 2006

11. Keynote, Eisenhower Conference, National Defense University, Washington D.C., June 2005

12. Graduation Remarks, US Army War College, Carlisle, PA, 2004-2007

13. Keynote, University of Kansas Commissioning Ceremony, Lawrence, KS, May 2002

14. Graduation Remarks, Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth KS, June 2001 – 2002

15. Keynote, George C. Marshall Foundation Veterans Day Ceremony, Leesburg, VA, November 2014

16. Keynote, 70th Anniversary D-Day Commemoration, National Defense University, Washington D.C., June 2014

17. Keynote, Universal Health Services Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA, March 2014

18. Keynote, US Pan Pacific American Leaders and Mentors, Washington D.C., October 2012

19. Keynote, Commissioning Ceremony, Fordham University, NYC, May 2012

20. Keynote, Military Child Education Coalition, West Point, NY, April 2012

21. Opening Remarks, National Conference on Ethics in America, West Point, NY, October 2011

22. Keynote, New York State Legislature, Albany, NY, April 2011

23. Keynote, Chicago Memorial Day, IL, May 2010

24. Keynote, Memorial Day, Carlisle, PA, May 2005

25. Keynote, Memorial Day NYC, (USS Intrepid), May 2013

26. Keynote Chilean Army Staff and War Colleges, Santiago, Chile, April 2012

27. Keynote, French Legion D’Honneur Ceremony, West Point, NY, Feb 2012

28. Keynote, US Military Academy Founder’s Day, (nationwide) 2011-2013

29. Keynote, Royal Military Academy Duntroon, Canberra, Australia, June 2011

30. Keynote, Foreign Military Attaché Association, Washington D.C., May 2010

31. Keynote, 20th Anniversary School for Advanced Military Studies, Fort Leavenworth, KS, March 2009

32. Keynote, Indian War College, New Delhi, India, 2005

Military Schools

1. United States Military Academy - BS - Engineering

2. Infantry Officer Basic Course

3. Infantry Officer Advanced Course

4. United States Army Command and General Staff College

5. School of Advanced Military Studies - MMAS - Military Arts and Sciences

6. Army War College - MSS - National Security and Strategic Studies (Honoris Causa)

Civilian Schools

1. Georgetown University, MA, Government

2. Hoover Institution, Stanford University, National Security Fellowship

3. Executive Education Programs, John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

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