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Coronado’s “Avenue Of The Heroes” ... Chaplain (BGen) Wayne W. Hoffmann, AUS (Ret.)

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Posted: Friday, August 9, 2019 10:57 am

Chaplain (Brigadier General) Wayne W. Hoffmann, AUS (Ret.), was born in Hollis, Long Island, New York, in August 1937. Attending public schools in Oceanside, New York, he graduated in 1955 and matriculated at Wheaton College, Illinois. He enrolled in the ROTC program and upon graduation in 1959 was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army Infantry. He continued his education enrolling in Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia, and receiving his Master of Divinity in 1962. He was ordained and transferred from the infantry to the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps.

Completing the basic course for chaplains at Fort Slocum, New York, he was assigned to Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. Early that fall, he was temporarily assigned to the 1st Armored Division as it staged in Florida for the invasion of Cuba and support of Operation Mongoose.

Upon return to Fort Chaffee, Hoffmann was assigned to the 85th Evacuation Hospital. He then received orders to report to the 8th United States Army headquartered in Seoul, Korea, and assigned as Brigade Chaplain, 1st Brigade, 7th Infantry Division, on the Demilitarized Zone. Following his tour in Korea, he was assigned to the Oakland Army Base, California, as staff chaplain, counseling soldiers during the early days of the Vietnam War. Chaplain Hoffmann left active duty in the summer of 1965 upon being called to be the Presbyterian Campus Minister at the University of Mississippi. He subsequently transferred to the Mississippi Army National Guard and served as a brigade chaplain. This was followed by tours with the Indiana and Florida National Guard as brigade chaplain at their respective headquarters. Graduating from the Army’s Command and Staff College, Chaplain Hoffmann was assigned as an Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) at Headquarters, FORSCOM, Atlanta, Georgia.

Upon graduation from the Army War College, he was assigned to Headquarters, Department of the Army, again as an IMA at the Pentagon. He was activated in 1991 for Operation Desert Storm, the operation to liberate Kuwait from the Iraqi invasion. During this time, he was selected to be the Assistant Chief of Chaplains for Mobilization and promoted to the rank of Brigadier General, the senior reserve chaplain. Hoffmann served in this position until his retirement in 1997, completing 38 years in the United States Army active and reserve components. Concurrent with his military service, his civilian career spanned assignments as Presbyterian Campus Minister at the University of Mississippi; student personnel management at Indiana University where he also earned a doctorate in higher education administration; and service at University of South Florida, St. Petersburg campus; Eckerd College, St. Petersburg; Mary Holmes College, West Point, Mississippi; and Central Methodist College, Fayette, Missouri. Moving to California, he worked as a vice president at Chapman University and later as president of the Independent Colleges of Northern California.

Joined in holy matrimony in 1961, Wayne and Nancy Mangum Hoffmann have two children—Richard and Evelyn—and three grandchildren. They have lived in California since 1979 and moved to Coronado in 1999.

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