Major Bethany R. Kauffman
Major Bethany Kauffman was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated and received her Commission from the United States Naval Academy, class of 2007. She completed graduate studies at Georgetown University receiving a Master’s degree in International Security, and reported to the basic school in 2008.
Following The Basic School and training as an Air Defense Control Officer at Twenty Nine Palms, California Major Kauffman was assigned to Marine Air Control Squadron -1 (REIN) in Yuma Arizona. She deployed in 2009 as a Joint Interface Control Watch Officer to the 609th Combined Air and Space Operations Center (CAOC). She then served as the MACS-1 squadron adjutant, before deploying to Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) with the Tactical Air Operations Center 2010-2011. Upon arriving back in Yuma she served as an Air Intercept Controller for the VMFT-401 Snipers, Adversary Squadron; before deploying again to OEF with Marine Air Control Group 38 in 2012 as an airspace planner.
From July 2012- June 2014 Major Kauffman was assigned as a student at the Naval Postgraduate School, and received her Master’s degree in Operations Research.
In June 2014 Major Kauffman reported to Operations Analysis Directorate (OAD), Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration, Headquarters Marine Corps, Quantico Virginia. From 2014 to 2015 Major Kauffman served as an operations analyst in the Joint and External Analysis Branch. In 2015 she moved to the Current Operations Analysis Support Team (COAST), and deployed to 5TH MEB / CTF 51 as a deployed analyst. From 2016-2017 she then served in OADs Analysis Integration Center as an operations analyst.
In June 2017 she reported to Marine Air Control Group 18, Okinawa Japan and served as the Future Operations Officer, and Planner in the Control Group Operations section. From July 2018 to January 2019 she deployed to Afghanistan supporting the NATO Resolute Support Mission.
In March 2019 she assumed her current duties as Executive Officer for MTACS-18. Her personal decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal (x2), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (x2).