Families of the Wing: the Kauffman Legacy
By Master Sgt. Christopher Botzum, 111th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published January 12, 2012
WILLOW GROVE AIR RESERVE STATION, Pa. -- One third of a percent of the total Wing family happens to be family of Senior Master Sgt. Jeffrey Kauffman of the 111th Civil Engineering Squadron. His two sons, Staff Sgt. Dakota Kauffman and Airman First Class Remington Kauffman, round out one of the current legacy families within the unit.
Sergeant Jeffrey Kauffman served in the active duty Air Force from 1978 through 1984. During this time, he was stationed at Warner-Robins Air Force Base (AFB), Ga., Lackland AFB, Texas and Dover AFB, Del. Following his active duty tours, he joined the 111th Fighter Wing and served for four years. He later transferred to the Texas Air National National Guard serving five years before returning here again in 1995. During his years spent on active duty through his service with the Texas ANG, he specialized as a combat arms instructor. Since his return to the 111th, he has served within the 201st RED HORSE Squadron, Det. 1, and the 111th Civil Engineering Squadron.
Staff Sgt. Dakota Kauffman joined the 270th Engineering Installation Squadron in September of 2006 as a cable and antenna technician, performing duties from minor repair through full installations. He received his bachelor of science degree in telecommunications from Penn State University in May of this year.
Airman First Class Remington Kauffman has been a member of the 201st RED HORSE Sq., Det. 1, as a heavy equipment operator, since his enlistment in 2009. He is currently attending Montgomery County Community College and eventually hopes to receive his degree elsewhere in electrical or mechanical engineering.
Remington and Dakota described their experiences with the unit as one of positive personal and professional development. Both have set career ambitions and targets to better themselves within their organizations and have aspirations of a commission in their future. "The guidance and acceptance I've received here has been fantastic. The senior NCO tier and supervisors have been excellent mentor role models," Remington said.