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Naperville, Ill., resident Maj. Michael M. Hoffman was presented the Bronze Star Medal by Lt. Col. William Truax, executive officer at Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group (MCSCG) during a ceremony at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story, Virginia, March 2, 2012. Hoffman is a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans and is currently serving as a foreign area officer at MCSCG. This is the second time in his career that he receives the nation’s fourth highest combat award. Photo by USMC Gunnery Sgt. Alexis Mulero
Naperville, Ill., resident Maj. Michael M. Hoffman was presented the Bronze Star Medal by Lt. Col. William Truax, executive officer at Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group (MCSCG) during a ceremony at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story, Virginia, March 2, 2012. Photo by USMC Gunnery Sgt. Alexis Mulero
 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (3/2/2012) - Longtime Naperville, Ill., resident Michael M. Hoffman was presented the Bronze Star Medal during a ceremony at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story, Va., March 2.

Hoffman was presented this award for meritorious service in connection with combat operations against the enemy while serving as the operations officer for Battalion Landing Team Third Battalion, Eight Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 8, Second Marine Division (FWD), Second Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD) Afghanistan from December 2010 – May 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the award citation, Hoffman orchestrated the equipping, training, and introduction of over 1,400 ship-borne Marines and sailors into a previously unoccupied battlespace with exceptional results. Initially working from Jordan, he reconstituted the Battalion Landing Team from amphibious shipping, coordinated pre-combat training, and helped acquire more than 350 million dollars in equipment to establish a 7th Marine Infantry Battalion in Afghanistan.

Withstanding multiple improvised explosive device attacks to determine the situation on the ground, he developed a campaign plan that enabled security improvements to Route 611 and disrupted enemy operations in the surrounding area. In four months, his operational directives increased traffic along Route 611 from 59 vehicles per day to more than700 vehicles per day, and dramatically reduced the driving time from Camp Leatherneck to the Upper Sangin Valley, from eight days to just 12 hours with zero casualties.

The citation also cited his work with Special Operations Task Force-West to expand their village stability operations infrastructure that established a coalition presence in a former enemy stronghold and paved the way for improved counterinsurgency efforts in the Upper Gereshk Valley.

The Bronze Star Medal in the fourth highest combat award and is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity with the armed Forces of the United States, distinguishes himself after 6 December 1941, by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight. This is the second Bronze Star Medal that Hoffman has received in his decorated career. He is a veteran of both Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.

He is currently serving as a foreign area officer with the Coordination, Liaison and Assessment Team at Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group (MCSCG) in Virginia Beach, Va.
Hoffman was commissioned as a Marine Corps officer in 1999 after completing a bachelor's degree from the Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

His parents Michael and Gail Hoffman still reside in the Naperville, Ill., area.

Hoffman lives in the Virginia Beach area of Virginia along with his wife Natalie, who is a native of Wichita, Kan., and their two children Matthew and William.

Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group is a unit in the Marine Corps that coordinates, manages, executes, and evaluates United States Marine Corps Security Cooperation programs and activities, to include assessment, planning, military related education and training, and adviser support to ensure unity of effort in building Partner Nation Security Forces (PNSF) capacity and capability in order to facilitate USMC and regional Marine Forces component support to combatant commanders security cooperation objectives.

By USMC Sgt. Alexis Mulero
Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group
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