Billy Hogan is serving the Rough Riders as the 44th President of the organization. He was born and raised in the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Joining the Army in 1979, Second Lieutenant Hogan began a career that would last 24 years, retiring as Colonel Hogan in 2003 after the fall of Baghdad. Colonel Hogan led soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and government civilians at every level and served in Europe, Southwest Asia, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia, and Central America in addition to numerous stateside assignments. A paratrooper for nine years, he commanded in the 82nd Airborne Division, served in the Joint Special Operations Command and commanded the Joint Communications Support Element at MacDill Air Force Base.
After retirement from the Army, Billy began a career in the defense contracting industry. Along with several business partners he helped form and manage companies in Yemen, Turkey and the British Virgin Islands. In early 2018 Billy elected to retire from industry after selling his interests in the overseas businesses to two of his partners.
Billy is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Rhode Island where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology. He holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College and a Master’s degree in Telecommunications Management from DeVry University.
Billy is married to US Navy Commander (retired) Karen S. Hogan. Their two adult children Maureen and Sean live in Sarasota and St Petersburg respectively.