Colonel Chris Hoffman

COL Hoffman grew up in York, Pennsylvania and was commissioned into the Chemical Corps from the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. His first assignment was to the 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC; holding staff positions at Brigade and Battalion level and leading a platoon in the 21st Chemical Company (Airborne). Following the Chemical Advanced Course, he served as the Brigade Chemical Officer and as a Company Commander in the 17th Aviation Brigade in the Republic of Korea. Upon completion of command, he was assigned to Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD and served as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General of the Soldier, Biological, and Chemical Command as a Team Leader in the US Army Technical Escort Unit; leading a team in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Upon redeployment, COL Hoffman served as the Chemical Branch Representative and as an Instructor at the United States Military Academy.

After completing his duties at West Point and graduating from the Command and General Staff College, he moved to Fort Hood, Texas and served as the Operations and Executive Officer of the 2d Chemical Battalion as well as the Operations Officer for the 48th Chemical Brigade. Upon leaving the 48th Chemical Brigade, COL Hoffman again supported Operation Enduring Freedom as an Afghan Security Forces Advisor with the 4th Brigade Combat Team from the 10th Mountain Division. After redeploying and serving a short period on the III Corps staff, he took command of the 2d Chemical Battalion. Following command of the Red Dragons, he served on the Army Staff in the Pentagon working for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Programming, G-8, as the CBRN Branch Chief. Subsequent to his time on the Army Staff, COL Hoffman completed the Army War College and most recently served as the Director for Operational Protection for the Eighth Army in Korea.

COL Hoffman’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with oak leaf, Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and the Master Parachutist Badge. Additionally, he also holds a Masters of Public Administration degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

COL Hoffman is married and they have two childern.

Command Sergeant Major RONRICO J. HAYES

CSM Hayes is a native of Kingsport, Tennessee. He attended Basic Training and Advance Individual Training at Fort McClellan, Alabama graduating as a Chemical Operations Specialist.

CSM Hayes has held many leadership positions during his career to include: Squad Leader, Drill Sergeant, Battalion, Brigade, and Division CBRN NCOIC, Branch Chief CBRN School, Platoon Sergeant, Tech Escort Team Sergeant, First Sergeant, and Command Sergeant Major.

His previous stateside assignments include: 21st Chemical Company (Airborne) and B Company 2-505th Infantry Battalion (Airborne), 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC; B Battery 2-320th FA, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY; E Company 2-10 and D Company 82nd Chemical Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO; HHD 6th Transportation Battalion and USA Garrison, Fort Eustis, VA; 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, GA; 92nd Chemical Company and F Company 3-7 Infantry Battalion, Fort Stewart, GA; 68th Chemical Company, Edgewood, MD; 3-85th Warrior Transition Battalion, Fort Drum, NY. His overseas assignments include: 61st Chemical Company, Camp Hialeah, Korea; 2ID Division CBRN, Camp Red Cloud, Korea, and three deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

His military education includes; Graduate of the United States Sergeants Major Academy (Class 64), Basic and Advance Noncommissioned Officers Course, Primary Leadership Development Course, The Force Management Course, Airborne School, Air-Assault School, Drill Sergeant School, Instructor Training Course, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Modern Army Combatives Level 1, CBRN Tech Escort Course, and the Master Resilience Course. CSM Hayes has earned as Associate’s Degree in General Studies from American Military University College, and is currently working towards a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Homeland Security.

His awards include; the Bronze Star Medal (2nd Award), Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Award), Army Commendation Medal (5th Award), Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award), Army Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), National Defense Service Medal (with bronze star), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Drill Sergeant Badge.

CSM Hayes is a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and a proud father.



















Last Updated on 5 October 2015