This text was sent to our FitForce Newsletter readers 1 Aug 2016.
Bob probably wasn't telling "fish stories" in this photo, but he loved to tell stories. For all of the years I taught with him, I marveled at both his experiences and his ability to weave them into whatever lesson he was teaching. As many of the readers of this newsletter know, "Hoff" was hugely accomplished: Bobby ran for one of America's great distance coaches, Frank Gagliardi, when both were at Roselle Catholic High School in Roselle, NJ were Bobby grew up; while at RCHS, Bobby and three of his teammates won national championships in the distance medley and two-mile relays in the same year; The United States Military Academy at West Point was the next stop for Bob and a place he would return to often throughout the years to teach, coach, and later to visit. Bob had an illustrious career in the Army: he was a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War; he spent most of his 22 years in the Rangers including a stint as Director of Training at the Fitness School at Ft. Benjamin Harrison and later as Commander of the 4th Ranger Training Battalion at Ft. Benning, Georgia; Bob retired as a Lt.Colonel.
Bob Hoffman retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel in 1991. The former director of FitForce has been training public safety officers, advising agencies about fitness issues, and helping those agencies develop fitness programs for the past 12 years. In addition to assignments around the world, Bob spent three years as the director of training for the Army’s Soldier Physical Fitness School and helped to develop the Army’s Total Fitness program. He spent four years as a professor in the department of physical education at West Point, where he was an assistant cross country and track coach and a junior varsity basketball coach.
Hi, I'm Bob Hoffman. Jay and I have been working with the FitForce program for the past 16 years. While I personally have never done any law enforcement work, I did spend 22 years in the Army. In essence I had two careers. I spent most of my time with Rangers and Special Forces, and commanded a Ranger Company in Viet Nam, a SF SCUBA detachment, and the 4th Ranger Training Battalion. I also served as the Deputy Commander of the Ranger Training Brigade and retired as the Special Assistant to the Commander of the RTB. In my other career I taught in the Department of Education at West Point after the Army sent me to graduate school where I earned a Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology. I was able to further utilize that degree as the Director of Training at the Army's Physical Fitness School.