Eric “Coach” Hill is a 32 year veteran of the United States Air Force that culminated his distinguished career as a Major General. He is a strategic leader seasoned in change management and building diverse interagency teams to provide innovative solutions in the aerospace and emerging technology space. In addition to his vast special operations and joint force experience, Eric served as a USAF enterprise leader in his last assignment as the Deputy Commander of U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command. He has an unparalleled reputation for breaking down barriers, building networks and influencing large organizations to execute well-planned actions that achieve precise results. Eric is now the Executive Vice President for Defense Programs at J.A. Green & Company, where he provides executive level coordination for clients regarding national security issues, legislation, and defense programs.
In a decorated service career that spanned flight test/acquisition of the CV-22, years of combat leadership, and multiple Pentagon tours, Eric has helped accelerate change while leading at all levels. Culminating his career in command, he led U.S. and Coalition Special Operations Forces (SOF), in the 72-country member Global Coalition to defeat ISIS focused in Syria and Iraq, distributed over 5 countries and 36 locations executing a $2 billion Foreign Military Funding (FMF) budget to eliminate ISIS. In his final assignment, Eric led cross-functional teams of approximately 20,800 active duty, reserve, Air National Guard, and civilian professionals, prepared for world-wide crisis response while concurrently serving as a Decision Board member on the Air Force’s Workforce Council and Force Development Council.
Eric is a graduate of the National War College and holds multiple master’s degrees in aeronautical science and national security studies. He also completed UNC Enterprise leadership course and recently attended the MIT Artificial Intelligence senior leader course.