MG Hood was commissioned a 2LT in the field artillery after graduating Pittsburg State with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics in 1975.

Received a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College.

Duty Assignments Include: Field Artillery 2d Battalion 508th Infantry, Alpha Battery Commander, 2d Battalion (Airborne), and the 509th Infantry in Vicenza, Italy. 

Major Duty Assignments Include:  Chief of Staff US Central Command, Commander First Army Division East, Assistant Chief of Staff Operations, Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo; Chief of Staff 82nd Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, NC; Policy Staff Officer and later Policy Branch Chief, Plans and Policy Directorate, US Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, FL.

Served in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm.