Donald J. Hoffman

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Donald J. Hoffman
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General Donald J. Hoffman, USAF
7th Commander, Air Force Materiel Command
Born (1952-04-24) April 24, 1952 (age 63)
Allegiance USA
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 1974–2012
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held Air Force Materiel Command
31st Fighter Wing
31st Air Expeditionary Wing
52nd Fighter Wing
14th Operations Group
Awards Air Force Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (4)

General Donald Joseph Hoffman, USAF (born April 24, 1952) is a former United States Air Force four-star general who served as the 7th Commander, Air Force Materiel Command. He previously served as Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition from August 2005 to November 20, 2008. As Air Force Material Command's commander, he leads the command's 74,000 Air Force and civilian personnel, manage $59 billion annually in research, development, test and evaluation. He also oversees the acquisition management services and logistics support which is required to develop, procure and sustain Air Force weapon systems. Hoffman assumed his command on November 21, 2008. He retired from the Air Force on July 1, 2012.

General Hoffman is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He was commissioned in 1974 and served in various operational and staff assignments in Europe, the Middle East and United States. He has commanded at the flight, squadron, group and wing levels, and has served on the staffs of U.S. Central Command, U.S. European Command, Air Education and Training Command, Air Combat Command and Headquarters U.S. Air Force.

General Hoffman is a command pilot with more than 3,400 flying hours in fighter, trainer and transport aircraft.



  • June 1974 – June 1975, graduate student, Air Force Institute of Technology, University of California, Berkeley
  • June 1975 – January 1977, student, undergraduate pilot training, Williams AFB, Ariz., and pilot instructor training, Randolph AFB, Texas
  • January 1977 – June 1981, T-37 instructor, check pilot and squadron executive officer, 89th Flying Training Squadron, later, life support officer, 80th Flying Training Wing, Sheppard AFB, Texas
  • June 1981 – April 1982, student, F-16 upgrade training, MacDill AFB, Fla.
  • April 1982 – July 1985, F-16 pilot, flight lead, instructor pilot, flight commander and assistant operations officer, 10th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Hahn Air Base, West Germany
  • August 1985 – June 1986, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • June 1986 – April 1989, air staff officer and executive officer, Directorate of Avionics and Electronic Combat, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  • April 1989 – June 1991, T-37 instructor and squadron commander, 98th Flying Training Squadron, Williams AFB, Ariz.
  • July 1991 – June 1992, student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
  • August 1992 – July 1994, Chief, Aviation Section, Office of Military Cooperation, U.S. Central Command, Cairo, Egypt
  • July 1994 – October 1995, executive officer to the Commander, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Randolph AFB, Texas
  • October 1995 – February 1997, Commander, 14th Operations Group, Columbus AFB, Miss.
  • February 1997 – December 1998, special assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Mons, Belgium
  • December 1998 – March 2000, Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Allied Air Forces Northwestern Europe, NATO, Royal Air Force High Wycombe, England, and Deputy Commander for NATO affairs, Headquarters 3rd Air Force, RAF Mildenhall, England
  • March 2000 – May 2001, Commander, 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
  • May 2001 – October 2002, Commander, 31st Fighter Wing and 31st Air Expeditionary Wing, Aviano AB, Italy
  • October 2002 – August 2005, Director of Requirements, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
  • August 2005 – November 2008, Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  • November 2008 – July 2012, Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

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Major Awards and Decorations[edit]

Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal with oak leaf cluster

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