“Captain” Jim Hooper



Captain James “Jim” A. Hooper IV is a retired United States Naval Officer, retired teacher, and lifetime student.

After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1969 with a Bachelors in Engineering, he embarked on a 30-year career in the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer with 19 years of seas duty in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Pacific, South China Sea, Indian Ocean, and Persian Gulf. He retired as a Captain in 1995 in Pensacola, Florida.

Upon retirement, Jim obtained a Master’s degree from University of West Florida in Public Administration in 1997 and worked for six years for Escambia County (Florida) Board of County Commissioners and later the City of Ocala, Florida.

Electing to use the remainder of his GI Bill benefits, he then completed a Master’s in History in 2004, obtained his teaching certificate, and taught and substituted in Santa Rosa County School District, Florida, until retiring (again) in 2022.

For the past 14 years, Jim has volunteered as a Blue and Gold Officer and Naval Academy Information Officer for the United States Naval Academy. He also spent several years volunteering as a Guardian Ad Litem for the Florida First Judicial Circuit.

The “Captain” now works as Special Advisor and head Savvy Team Cheerleader.