FORT WORTH, Texas (Aug. 5, 2022) – Commander, Marine Reserve Region Readiness and Mobilization Command Fort Worth (REDCOM FW) held a change of command and retirement ceremony, Aug. 5, aboard the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth.
Captain Albert C. Seeman assumed command of REDCOM FW, responsible for the mobilization readiness of more than 7,300 reserve sailors in seven states, from Captain Mark A. Hofmann, who officially retired after more than 30 years of honorable service as a naval officer and airman.
Hofmann led REDCOM FW, its 19 Navy Reserve Centers (NRCs) and 320 reserve units, comprising a total of 7,812 Formations and Administration of the Reserve (TAR), selected reserve and civilian personnel from August 2020 through August 2022. As the REDCOM Commander FW, Hofmann increased the Navy’s overall surge capacity and redundancy, mitigating risks to the service and the nation during a time of heightened geostrategic competition. More than 721 reserve sailors from the region have mobilized under his command to support operational commanders around the world.
“To each of my skippers: I have given you all the general principles. I didn’t give you a detailed checklist on how to do your job. And, you built at your behest, the kind of cultures I expected you to build. You have built cultures that have enabled us to accomplish the mission, but also to unleash the potential of our people. It gave them the opportunity to grow. We were able to do this thanks to your excellent leadership. So thank you very much everyone,” Hofmann said.
Rear Adm. Micheal Steffen, commander of Navy Reserve Forces Command, who presided over the ceremony expressed his gratitude to the families in attendance, and the Sailors of REDCOM FW.
“Thank you so much to the Hofmann and Seeman families, and thank you to the staff at REDCOM Fort Worth and NRC for all you do to support the mission. It really is a team effort,” Steffen said.
“Mark and I have known each other for a while,” Steffen continued. “You’re about to leave at sunset and you’ve had such an impressive career. You started at Penn State. You flew helicopters in Guam, then moved on to fixed-wing aircraft, then to leadership roles, commanding two NRCs. Then to EUCOM [United States European Command] where you served two overseas tours, and you did an AI in Iraq [Individual Augmentee]. It says a lot about you and your character, going through it all, staying positive and doing your best, which I know you have done throughout your career. So, from the bottom of my heart, I appreciate you for all of your hard work and dedication to the Navy and our nation throughout your long and distinguished career.
Hofmann thanked Steffen and everyone present during his speech. He also took the opportunity to give special recognition and thanks to retired Commander-in-Chief Darrin Lowe, who served alongside him as head of the REDCOM FW region.
“For those of you who aren’t from Texas, one of the worst things you can say about someone here is ‘he’s all hat and no cattle.’ from appearances there is no substance. But, this guy is the absolute best illustration of “all cattle and no hat”. here recently unceremoniously and without calling attention to him because that’s just not who he is. But that ended 29 years of service, four command-in-chief tours, including two regional tours, and a ship tour underway. This is quite incredible service, and it deserves to be recognized. So to Darrin, I appreciate your service and appreciate what you have done for this navy and this nation for 29 years said Hofmann.
After the official reading of the orders, Steffen and everyone else present welcomed the new REDCOM FW Commander, Captain Seeman, who had his own message to Hofmann and those present.
“Mark, congratulations on a very successful tour. You’ve done a fantastic job with the staff here, and I couldn’t ask for better turnover,” Seeman said. warm welcome. I look forward to working with all of you and meeting the challenges that lie ahead. It is a wonderful time to be part of the Naval Reserve and I am truly blessed to be entrusted here with all of you.
Seeman, is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1997, he accepted a surface warfare officer commission and attended Divisional Officer School in Newport, Rhode Island. After several early sea voyages, Seeman earned a master of science degree in information systems management from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif., and a master of arts degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College.
|Date posted:||08.06.2022 13:53|
|Location:||Texas, United States|
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