BG John E. Hoefert

BG John E. Hoefert

JTF-AZ Commander

Brigadier General John E. Hoefert currently serves as Commander, Joint Task Force Arizona. He is responsible for the coordination and execution of Joint operations, plans, policies, and initiatives that prepare the Arizona National Guard (AZNG) to respond to requests for support from civil authorities during state or federal emergencies. He provides executive-level leadership to the AZNG Counterdrug Task Force and the 91st Civil Support Team and ensures the effective application of resources to develop the leadership and competence of a tailored force that meets the needs of numerous community partners.

General Hoefert is a 1989 graduate of Central Washington University where he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in Armor. He served his initial assignment as an M1A1 Tank Platoon Leader with 3rd Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment in Mannheim, Germany with follow-on assignments as Battalion S3 Air and Assistant S3, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division. He joined the Army Reserve in 1992 and transferred to the Arizona Army National Guard (AZARNG) in 2001. He has commanded at the company, battalion, and brigade levels and participated in numerous operational and domestic response efforts from Operation Noble Eagle (Airport Security) to Operation Jump Start (Border Security). Notable service includes OIC, Personnel Contingency Cell, Raven Rock Mountain Complex; National Guard Bureau, J7 Executive Officer and Doctrine Developer; and G3, AZARNG. In 2010, he deployed as a Theater Observation Detachment Officer, Center for Army Lessons Learned, 4th Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Ramadi, Iraq. He served as the Land Component Commander, Arizona Army National Guard from 2015-2017.


His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Flight Technology from Central Washington University. He is a graduate of the United States Army War College where he earned a Master of Strategic Studies Degree in 2011.


He and his wife, Tina, reside in Gilbert, Arizona. They have two adult children, Hanna and Jacob. He is a pilot for American Airlines in his civilian capacity.