To the Alumni
I recently came across your webpage while
trying to find the zip code for CHS.
After I read through it I wanted to update your roll of those who
served. Due to my own apathetic behavior
I had a hard time at CHS, graduating after an extra semester in Jan of
1994. Thirteen days later I was at the
Marine Corps Recruit Training Depot is South Carolina, I have been serving on
active duty ever since. It has been
almost 14 years, and I just wanted to share my story.
The Marines taught me many things that I
could have learned at CHS--had I listened.
Hard work, determination, values, ethics and morals--these were things
that Gen-X wasn't paying attention to and I was surely one of them. As a young Marine I was stationed around the
world--I moved 4 times in five years, advancing in rank meritoriously up to the
rank of Sgt in 1999 when I was selected for an Officer Commissioning program
and returned to Pennsylvania to attend PennState
at the main campus full time for 3 years. In my time in college I was made
painfully aware of how I should have been paying better attention to the
classes I was taking in high school, not just to the girls who were in them.
Despite how difficult I made it on myself I graduated PSU in 2002 with a B.A in
Psychology and a B.A. in the Administration of Justice. My wife, Tiffany Kang Hoffner,
a graduate of Springfield H.S. (I know, I married a Spartan...) also graduated
from PSU, a year behind me.
After my initial Marine Officer training at Quantico, VA I was selected as an Intelligence
Officer and served first with the Second Marine Air Wing in Cherry Point, NC.
I spent most of 2005 I deployed to Afghanistan with a Marine Tactical Electronic
Warfare Squadron. After that I transferred to Ft Meade, MD where I now serve as
a Company Commander for Lima Company, Marine Cryptologic
Support Battalion. In the Spring I have
volunteered to deploy to Iraq.
I will be enjoying the holidays with family and preparing to go right
after the new year.
I just wanted to make note of what's been going on with me. Every so often my parents would get the
newsletter at my home address in Cheltenham, where my Dad retired as a police detective. They moved last year, and I hadn't gotten a
newsletter in some time. Feel free to
add me to your e-mail newsletters, its always good to
hear about alumni.
Capt John J. Hoffner
Commander, MCSB, Ft George G. Meade MD