Hugh Van Roosen, Maj. Gen. Retired

Distinguished Professor of Leadership
John Wesley School of Leadership
Masters of National Security Strategy, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA
Bachelor of Science, Liberal Studies, University of the State of New York, Albany, NY
Fellow, National Security Studies, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY


Major General Hugh Van Roosen, US Army (Retired) is a graduate of the University of New York at Albany, the US Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, and a Fellow, National Security Studies, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. His final military assignment ended in March 2021 serving for four years as the Deputy Military Advisor to the United Nations.

His past assignments include: Infantry Rifle Platoon Leader and Scout Platoon Leader; Special Forces Detachment Commander and Company Commander; Civil Affairs Battalion Operations Officer; 1st Special Warfare Training Group Instructor and Company Commander; Civil Affairs Director for Special Operations Command Europe; 402d Civil Affairs Battalion Commander; Deputy Operations Officer for the US Army Special Operations Command; 360th Civil Affairs Brigade Commander; Chief of Staff for the US Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command; Commanding General, 353d Civil Affairs Command; Chief of Staff Forces, United Nations Mission in Liberia; Deputy Commanding General for the US Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command; Senior Advisor to the United Nations on South Sudan: and, Director of the Institute for Military Support to Governance.  He deployed to Iraq in 2003-4 as a Civil Affairs Battalion Commander supporting the 4th Infantry Division and returned as a Civil Affairs Brigade Commander supporting 3rd Corps and 18th Airborne Corps in 2007-2008.  Prior to serving at the United Nations, he was the Deputy G-1 (Personnel) of the Army at the Pentagon.

General Van Roosen’s military schools include the: Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Officer Course; Regional Studies Course; NATO Strategic Civil-Military Coordination Course; United Nations Civil-Military Coordination Staff Planner’s Course; Syracuse University National Security Fellow; United Nations Senior Leader Course; and the Department of Defense Capstone Course.

His awards and decorations include the: Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), and the Combat Action Badge.  His special skills and foreign awards include the: Special Forces Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Military Freefall Parachutist Badge, Norwegian Military Ski Badge, Silver German Parachute Badge, and the Norwegian/Canadian/British Parachute Badges. He also received the John H. Hildring Award of the Civil Affairs Association for outstanding Civil Affairs service in 2011.

General Van Roosen was born in Winchester, Massachusetts. He and his wife Kerry have two children and live in Whispering Pines, North Carolina, USA.

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