Brigadier General Hector Lopez received his commission from the University of Puerto Rico, Reserve Officer Training Corps program, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Political Science. Additionally, he pursue studies in Global Management from Central Michigan University, holds a Master Degree in International Service from American University, Washington DC, a Master Degree in Hemispheric Defense & Security from El Salvador University, Argentina, a Master Degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania and is a Fellow of Syracuse University from the National Security Management Department.
Before his assignment as the Commanding General of the 94th Training Division BG Lopez was the Wartime Chief of Staff of the U.S. 8th Army, stationed in the Republic of Korea and occupied a myriad of positions including being the Commander of the 82nd Sustainment Brigade, out of Fort Bragg, NC, where he distinguished himself as Logistics Coordinator for Operation Unified Response in Haiti. BG Lopez started his military career on active duty as a Tank Platoon Leader. Followed by, Cavalry Troop Executive Officer, Tank Battalion Maintenance Officer, Battalion S-3 Air Officer, and Cavalry Troop Commander. Upon his return to Puerto Rico, he was assigned to the 92nd Infantry Brigade (Separate) in the PRANG where he occupied the positions of Brigade Movement Control Officer, Cavalry Troop Commander, BDE S4 (Logistics Officer) and SPT BN S-3 (Operations Officer). BG Lopez’s assignments also include Assistant G4 (Logistics Officer), State Mobilization Officer, and Assistant Inspector General. BG Lopez transferred to the US Army Reserves where he was assigned as the 65th RSC Unit Training Officer. He later became the Director of Host Nation Support at the 166th ASG and the 394th Bn (S&S) Commander with which he deployed to Iraq. Subsequently, he became the first 969th Detachment (POL) Commander, the 65th RRC G6 (Director of Communications) and the 210th Regional Support Group Commander. Before his deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, BG Lopez participated as logistics officer for several Humanitarian Missions, developing and coordinating peacekeeping exercises throughout Latin America in support of USSOUTHCOM missions. His military education includes the Army War College, the Inter American Defense College Senior Service School; The Advanced Joint Professional Military Education Course; Command and General Staff College; Associate Logistics Executive Development Course; Petroleum Officer Course; Joint Course in Logistics; CAS3; Quartermaster and Armor Officer’s Advanced Courses; and Armor Officer’s Basic Course, among others.
His decorations include The Legion of Merit, The Bronze Star; The Meritorious Service Medal with 1 silver and 2 oak leaf clusters; The Army Commendation Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters; The Army Achievement Medal; The Army Reserve Achievement Medal; Iraqi Campaign Medal; The Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal and the Humanitarian Medal. He is Airborne and Air Assault qualified. In his civilian capacity BG Lopez is the Director of Logistics Management and Services for the Defense Media Activity at Fort Meade, MD. He is married to the former Lourdes Gonzalez and has one son, Hector Lopez Jr.