David H. Huntoon

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David H. Huntoon, Jr.
LTG David Huntoon.jpg
LTG David H. Huntoon, Jr.
Born (1951-10-27) October 27, 1951 (age 63)
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service 1973-2013
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General
Commands held Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, Commandant of the United States Army War College
Awards Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit (with five oak leaf clusters), Bronze Star, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachute Qualification Badge, Ranger tab

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4][5][6] He is the only Army general officer to have led the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College,[7] the U.S. Army War College,[8] and the U.S. Military Academy.[9] 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.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16] As a Major, Huntoon wrote principal elements of the U.S. operational plan for the U.S. invasion of Panama (1989),[17][18][19] and was a lead planner in the XVIII Airborne Corps plan for Operation Desert Storm (1990-1991).[20]


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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ U.S. Army Officer Record Brief, October 31, 2013
  3. ^ U.S. Army Officer Record Brief, October 31, 2013
  4. ^ U.S. Army Officer Record Brief, October 31, 2013
  5. ^ http://www.usma.edu/oir/WPLDS%20Outcomes2/WPLDS%20Handbook%20(Oct%202012).pdf
  6. ^ http://www.nan.usace.army.mil/Media/NewsReleases/tabid/3948/Article/487989/army-corps-awards-contract-for-new-cadet-barracks-construction-at-west-point.aspx
  7. ^ http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/cgsc/carl/resources/ftlvn/DeputyCommadants.pdf
  8. ^ http://www.carlisle.army.mil/
  9. ^ http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/07/22/lt-gen-david-h-huntoon-jr-new-superintendent-west-point/
  10. ^ U.S. Army Officer Record Brief, October 31, 2013
  11. ^ Deputy Commandants of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
  12. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Army_War_College
  13. ^ http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/07/22/lt-gen-david-h-huntoon-jr-new-superintendent-west-point/
  14. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_budget_of_the_United_States
  15. ^ http://www.civiliantraining.army.mil/professional/Pages/SLS.aspx
  16. ^ http://www.usma.edu/oir/WPLDS%20Outcomes2/WPLDS%20Handbook%20(Oct%202012).pdf
  17. ^ Donnelly, Thomas; Roth, Margaret; Baker, Caleb (1991). Operation Just Cause, Macmillan, pp 37-38, 40, 47, 57-58, 60-62, 72-78, 97
  18. ^ Flanagan, Edward M. (1993). Battle for Panama, Washington: Brassey’s, pp 17, 33, 36
  19. ^ Yates, Lawrence A. (2008). The U.S. Military Intervention in Panama, Center of Military History, pp 132, 221-222, 246, 263-264. 266, 268-269
  20. ^ Flanagan, Edward M. (1994). Lightning, the 101st in the Gulf War, Brassey’s, pp 105-107

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Military offices
Preceded by
Franklin L. Hagenbeck
Superintendents of the United States Military Academy
Succeeded by
Robert L. Caslen