Lieutenant Commander Van Hook, a fourth generation Surface Warfare Officer, is from the Commonwealth of Virginia. He received his commission in 2008 from the United States Naval Academy. Currently, he is in the command pipeline to assume command of USS TORNADO (PC 14).
LCDR Van Hook’s Division Officer tours were onboard the USS RAMAGE (DDG 61) where he served as the Strike Officer and Riverine Squadron One as an Assistant Officer in Charge. His Department Head tours were onboard both the USS ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG 51) and the USS LEYTE GULF (CG 55) where he served as the Operations Officer.
Ashore, LCDR Van Hook completed a tour as a Surface Warfare Junior Officer Detailer at Navy Personnel Command (PERS 41). Followed by a tour as an assistant Professor of Naval Science at Northwestern University.
LCDR Van Hook holds a MBA from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He also holds a masters degree from the University of Arkansas. He is member and contributor of United States Naval Institute, and was a Board of Director of the Surface Navy Association.
Most importantly, he is married to the beautiful Katherine Roesslein of Austin, Texas. Katherine is a Senior Manger at Ernst and Young. They have a son named Gordan Jackson Van Hook.