BG John E. Hoefert

BG John E. Hoefert

JTF-AZ Commander

Brigadier General John E. Hoefert presently serves as the Assistant Adjutant General, Army and concurrently as the 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 was commissioned in 1989 as a Second Lieutenant in the Regular Army through the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington. He joined the Army Reserve in 1992 and transferred to the Arizona Army National Guard 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; G3, AZARNG; and Commander, 158th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. 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 2013-2017.






1989 Central Washington University, Bachelor of Science, Flight Officer, Ellensburg, Washington



2016 National Guard Homeland Security Institute, General and Flag Officer Homeland Security Executive Seminar, Harvard, Massachusetts


2013 United States Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Pre-Command Course, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri


2013 United States Northern Command, Dual Status Commander Qualification Program Course, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado


2012 United States Army War College, Master of Strategic Studies, By Correspondence