Kenneth A. Hunzeker, U.S. Army
Kenneth A. Hunzeker, U.S. Army
Hall of Fame, Class of 2023
Lieutenant General Kenneth A. Hunzeker
U.S. Army, Retired
Kenneth W. Hunzeker was born on August 26, 1952, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy with the class of 1975 and was commissioned into the Army Field Artillery Branch. His first battalion was with 1-3 FA with two rotations to Grafenwoehr, Germany. CPT Hunzeker served back-to-back battery commands, C and HHB 1-8 FA, 25th ID DivArty. Following CGSC graduation, he became the Division Fire Support Coordinator, Battalion XO, Divarty S3, and finally the Divarty Executive Officer for the 8th ID. During Desert Storm, Hunzeker, and the rest of the Division Artillery ran security for three different communities. Hunzeker commanded the 2-18 FA BN, a part of III Corp Artillery, at Fort Sill, which was the second-to-last 8 Inch Cannon Battalion in the Army. He joined the joint staff at the Pentagon and worked within the J8, providing warfighting analysis to validate our military strategy. Upon arriving in Bamberg, Ken took command of 1st ID DivArty. Following command he served as the Chief of Staff for the 1st CAV Division and then assistant division commander for Maneuver in the 4th ID, both at Fort Hood. Hunzeker spent from 2001 – 2005 in the Pentagon working in the Army’s Program for Analysis and Evaluation directorate at the G8. Followed by an assignment as Vice Director of the Joint Staff, J8 Division where he was focused on putting together systems for future requirements for the Joint Requirements Oversight Committee. Ken was selected as Commanding General of 1st Infantry Division, where he spearheaded the Division’s re-stationing to Fort Riley. MG Hunzeker was then given the mission to command the Civilian Police Assistance Transition Team (CPATT) in Iraq with a mission to train, man and equip over 400,000 Iraqi policemen. Ken received his third star and became the Fifth Corps Commander. During his last year in the Active Army, Ken went back to Iraq, serving as a Deputy Commanding General for MFI. One of his main responsibilities was to draw down to assist the U.S. out of Iraq. LTG Hunzeker retired in 2010 after 35 years of active service to his country. Hunzeker holds two master's degrees, one from the Post Graduate Naval College and the other form the National War College. After retirement, Ken went to work for ITT Defense which ultimately became Exelis. Ken started as the vice president of government relations. In April 2011, he was appointed the President and General Manager of Mission Systems, a business division of Exelis. Over the next five years, Ken ran the company, and orchestrated the process to become a publicly traded company, known as Vectrus, where he served as the CEO and then retired in December 2016. After retiring from his civilian career, Ken became the Chairman of USFAA for two years and he continues to serve on the board as a trusted advisor. He became a board member on the Wounded Warrior Project Board and on 15 September 2023, Ken became the chairman of the Board. Ken is also an Ambassador for Home for our Troops. He currently serves as the Distinguished Chair for Civil Military Operations at West Point. He will become the West Point Association of Graduates director beginning on January 1, 2024. Ken was honored in 2020 to be selected a distinguished graduate of the US Military Academy.