CPT BENJAMIN HORMANN
Executive Officer and Assistant Professor of Military Science
Source of Commission
Western Michigan University
Bachelors' of Science in Engineering Management Technology
Master’s of Science degree in the field of Environmental Management
Biography and Assignment History
Captain Benjamin Hormann came to the Wildcat Battalion from Fort Leonard Wood Missouri, where he completed the Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Captains Career Course and also completed a Master’s of Science degree in the field of Environmental Management. Captain Hormann was born in Owosso, Michigan. He is the son of Kathy and Michael Hormann and has two older siblings, Eric and Mac. His immediate family also includes two labs Beauregard Jr. “BJ” and Sasha, who are very avid hunters. Captain Hormann grew up and graduated from Byron High School in 2000. He was an athlete, apart of the Varsity football, basketball, baseball, and weightlifting teams.
In the fall of 2000 he attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he was a four year R.O.T.C. scholarship recipient. Captain Hormann joined the Michigan National Guard’s SMP program with 125th Infantry Company to help pay for the fifth year of college. He was also awarded WMU’s distinguished military student. While attending college at WMU he worked as a graphics design and program management intern for a tier II auto manufacturer Mann and Hummel. He achieved a Bachelors’ of Science degree in Engineering Management Technology and commissioned in December of 2005.
Following graduation and commissioning Captain Hormann attended the Chemical Officers Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Following COBC he was assigned to the 89th Chemical Company, 3d ACR at Fort Hood, Texas. Captain Hormann was the CBRN Reconnaissance Platoon Leader for an 18 Soldier platoon as well as tasked to be the Company Executive Officer. He focused on preparing the Troopers in both CBRN Reconnaissance and Combat Logistic Patrolling (CLP). Recon Platoon conducted over 70 CLP’s and two Toxic Industrial Chemical / Toxic Industrial Materials (TIC / TIM) missions during our rotation to the National Training Center (NTC) in July of 2007. After NTC he was tasked to train all of the Regimental Support Squadron’s gun-truck teams in Combat Logistic Patrolling. The size of his platoon went from 18 Troopers to 50.
In November of 2007, he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-09. Hitting ground, his Recon Platoon was reassigned to the Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Troop (RHHT) to conduct combat patrols in the Ninewa and Erbil provinces of Northern Iraq. His Platoon supported the Provincial Reconstruction Team mission by providing personal security of U.S. Diplomats, General Officers, Field Grade Officers, NATO, and Iraqi Government Officials. His Recon Platoon conducted 784 combat patrols and logged over 10,000 miles during their 15 month deployment. On top of daily combat patrols, Captain Hormann’s Platoon was also tasks with three TIC / TIM missions, which lead to the detainment of high value targets. Captain Hormann redeployed with the 89th Chemical Co., 3rd ACR to Fort Hood, Texas in January of 2009.
In July of 2009, Captain Hormann attended the Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Captains Career Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri where he achieved recognition as the distinguished honor graduate. He also attended Webster’s University Environmental Management Master’s program.
His advanced Army training includes: CBRN Captains Career course, Chemical Officers Basic course, CBRN Technical Escort course, CBRN Fox Reconnaissance course, TICPDE advanced leaders course, Hazmat Incident Commanders course, Hazmat Technician Course, Confined Space Technician Course and Airborne School. CPT Hormann's awards include: the Bronze Star, Army Accommodation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with one Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Ribbon, Combat Action Badge and the gold German Proficiency badge.