Military Science Instructor
Mr. Kent Kauffman enlisted as an Infantryman in 2000 after initial training he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in Savannah, GA. He conducted six combat deployments to Afghanistan and five to Iraq. He served in various roles during the Global War on Terrorism from an Infantry Rifle Fire Team Leader to Platoon Sergeant, Liaison Officer in forward deployed Joint Operations Center, and Tactical Operations Center Non-Commissioned Officer In-Charge (NCOIC). Additionally he served as the Operations (Air) NCOIC, and Intelligence NCOIC. Mr. Kauffman completed his enlistment as a Military Science Instructor at Michigan State University. As a civilian contractor Mr. Kauffman attended the U.S. Army Cadet Command Common Faculty Development Instructor Course and served as a Military Science Instructor at Western Michigan University prior to arriving to the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish Battalion.
Mr. Kauffman attended Ranger School, the U.S. Army Airborne School, Jumpmaster School, Pathfinder Course, the Ranger Indoctrination Program, Warrior Leader Course, Advance Leader Course, and Senior Leader Course. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (3rd Award), Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Valorous Unit Citation Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (4th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Five Campaign Stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with Six Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Award), Army Service Ribbon, and Army Overseas Service Ribbon. Mr. Kauffman’s badges and tabs include the Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, and Ranger Tab. He has also been awarded the Parachutist Badge from several foreign nations.