Colonel Hank Arnold is a native of Florida, and received his commission in the Army as an Infantry Officer through the ROTC program at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida in 1986.
Colonel Arnold's first assignment was at Fort Ord, California from 1987 to 1990. During that time, he served as a rifle platoon leader, mortar platoon leader, headquarters company executive officer and assistant battalion S3 (operations officer) in the 5TH Battalion 21ST Infantry Regiment, 2ND Brigade, 7TH Infantry Division (Light). While serving at Fort Ord, Colonel Arnold participated in Operation Just Cause in Panama in 1989, earning his first Combat Infantryman's Badge.
Colonel Arnold's next posting was to Berlin, Germany from 1991 to 1993, where, as a captain, he was assigned to 5TH Battalion 502ND Infantry in the Berlin Brigade. While in Berlin, Colonel Arnold served as a battalion personnel officer (S1), rifle company commander and headquarters company commander. Colonel Arnold participated in an operational deployment to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in 1993 while serving in Berlin.
While still a captain, Colonel Arnold returned from Germany and was assigned to Fort Knox, Kentucky from 1993 to 1996. During his assignment at Fort Knox, Colonel Arnold served as an advisor to the Kentucky Army National Guard and then as a small group instructor at the Armor Captains Career Course.
After attending the Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas from 1996 to 1998, Colonel Arnold was assigned, as a Major, to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He served on the XVIII Airborne Corps staff as a plans officer from 1998 to1999 and was then assigned to the 82ND Airborne Division from 1999 to 2001. Colonel Arnold served in the 505TH Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) as the regimental logistics officer (S4), battalion executive officer of 3rd Battalion 505th PIR, and as the regimental operations officer (S3). Following his service with the 82ND Airborne, Colonel Arnold served as an Infantry branch assignments officer in the Army Human Resources Command in Alexandria, Virginia from 2001 to 2003.
Colonel Arnold commanded the 2ND Battalion 187TH Infantry Regiment (RAKKASAN), 101ST Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky from 2003 to 2005. During his service as a battalion commander, Colonel Arnold spent 12 months deployed to Iraq conducting sustained combat operations from 2003 to 2004.
Following battalion command, Colonel Arnold was assigned to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas from 2005 to 2008. During that period, he served as a seminar leader for the School of Command Preparation, and then as a Fellow and seminar leader in the School of Advanced Military Studies.
Colonel Arnold served as commander of the 4TH Infantry Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 1ST Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas from 2008 to 2010. During his 30 months in command Colonel Arnold deployed his brigade to Iraq to conduct sustained combat and stability operations in Salah ad Din Province, Iraq from 2009 to 2010.
Following BCT command, he was assigned to the Joint Staff Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J5) in Washington, D.C. from 2011 to 2013. During that time he served as the chief of the Levant, Egypt and Iraq divisions responsible for managing the Iraq, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria portfolios for the Joint Staff.
Colonel Arnold holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from Florida State University. He also has two Masters of Military Science degrees from the School of Advance Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas: Operational Art (1998) and Strategic Security Studies (2007). His military education includes the following: Infantry Officer Basic Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Staff Service School, US Army Command and General Staff College, School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), the Advanced Operational Art Studies Fellowship, Airborne, Air Assault, Ranger, Jump Master, and the Nuclear, Biological and Chemical staff officer's course.
His awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman's Badge (second award), the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star (second award) and the Purple Heart.
Last Reviewed: July 10, 2013