MG Charles W. Hooper is the Senior U.S. Military Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. He is the U.S. Ambassador’s principal military advisor on defense and national security issues. He is also the Senior Representative in Egypt of the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Commander of U.S. Central Command. Hooper, an infantry officer, has served in the 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg N.C.; and the U.S. Army Recruiting Command. Other key assignments included Assistant Army Attaché to the People’s Republic of China, U.S. Embassy Beijing, China; Senior Country Director for China, Taiwan and Mongolia Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.; and Chief, Army International Affairs Division in the Pentagon.

Hooper is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and earned a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree, with honors, from Harvard University in 1989. While at Harvard, Hooper was awarded the Don K. Price Award for Academic Excellence and Public Service and was selected to give the graduate student address at the 1989 Harvard Commencement. In 2005, he returned to Harvard University as a Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He is also a graduate of the British Ministry of Defense Chinese Language School, Hong Kong. He is fluent in the Mandarin dialect of the Chinese language, the national language of China.