Commanding Officer, Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 16
Lieutenant Colonel Eric T. Hoffman

Lieutenant Colonel Hoffman enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1999 attending recruit training at MCRD Parris Island, S.C. and Marine Combat Training at Camp Geiger, N.C.  In January of 2000 Lieutenant Colonel Hoffman reported to Meteorological and Oceanographic Analyst/Forecaster School at Keesler Air Force Base Biloxi, M.S. to become a Marine Corps Weather Observer.

Upon graduating, he reported to Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron aboard Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Okinawa, Japan.  Upon completion of a successful overseas tour, Lieutenant Colonel Hoffman reported to MCAS New River and was attached to Marine Wing Support Squadron 272. In 2003, Lieutenant Colonel Hoffman was temporarily assigned duty to US CENTCOM where he was then sent to Shaw Air Force Base in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  In 2004, Lieutenant Colonel Hoffman returned to MCAS New River where he forecasted for the remainder of his enlistment.  

In 2006, Lieutenant Colonel Hoffman graduated from Saint Bonaventure University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology.  Lieutenant Colonel Hoffman graduated Officer Candidate School in 2007 and reported to The Basic School (TBS) in that same year.  After graduating from TBS, Lieutenant Colonel Hoffman transferred to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron (MALS) 26 aboard MCAS New River, NC where he did on the job training as the Consumable and Repairable Management Division Officer in Charge (OIC). 

Lieutenant Colonel Hoffman attended the Basic Qualification Course (BQC) in Athens, Georgia in 2008 where he graduated second in his class.  After attending the BQC, he returned to MALS-29 where he served as the Supply Response Division OIC and was also given the opportunity to serve as the MALS-Detachment OIC for the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).  In 2009, Lieutenant Colonel Hoffman deployed with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron-263 on the 22nd MEU.  In 2010, he returned to MALS-29 and became the OIC for the Squadron Support and Supply Accounting Divisions before transferring to Commander Naval Air Forces Atlantic (CNAL). 

Lieutenant Colonel Hoffman served as the Readiness Officer, Integrated Logistics Officer, and Deputy to the N416 at CNAL from 2010 through 2013.  During this tour, Lieutenant Colonel Hoffman completed the non-resident Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS) and the non-resident Command and Staff College.  In 2014 he was selected to the Commandant’s Career Level Education Board and was selected to attend the resident EWS aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA.  In 2014, Lieutenant Colonel Hoffman graduated from the resident EWS and received orders to MALS-16 aboard MCAS Miramar, CA.

In June 2014, Lieutenant Colonel Hoffman assumed duties as the Aviation Supply Officer for MALS-16.  Lieutenant Colonel Hoffman attained his Master’s Degree in Leadership Studies from Marshall University in 2016 and was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.  In March 2017, Lieutenant Colonel Hoffman was hand selected to serve as the Commanding Officer of Marine Aviation Training Support Squadron-1 and served in this billet until June 2019. Upon completion of a successful command tour, Lieutenant Colonel Hoffman was transferred to Marine Helicopter Squadron One for Presidential Support Duties as the command’s Aviation Supply Department Head.

In July 2023, Lieutenant Colonel Hoffman reported to MALS- 16 at MCAS Miramar, CA where he is currently serving as the Commanding Officer.

Lieutenant Colonel Hoffman’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars.