Lt Col Michael P Hoffman USAF - Retired
Images of America: Randolph Field
Sit & Sign on Saturday, Jan 24th from 11:00-1:00.
The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Randolph Field by Lt Col Michael P. Hoffman USAF-Ret. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images showcasing The West Point of the air.
Randolph Field is famous for its Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, its iconic Administration Building (nicknamed the “Taj Mahal”) is its rectangular layout. Allowed by the Army hierarchy to design its own installation from the ground up, the Army Air Corps hit a home run in designing uniqueness and functionality.
When the Corps of Engineers built the base, working from 1928 to 1931, it was its biggest project since the Panama Canal. Randolph has been a popular assignment location for Air Force members for over 80 years and is currently home to the 12th Flying Training Wing, the Air Education and Training Command Headquarters, and the Air Force Personnel Center. Thousands have passed through Randolph’s gates as students and permanent personnel and many have chosen to live in the San Antonio area after discharge or retirement. Carefully landscaped with trees and shrubbery from the very beginning, Randolph is the “showplace of the Air Force.”
Michael P. Hoffman, 68, is a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel. Although not an aviator he has had a lifelong interest in Air Force history and military aviation. His father was a career Air Force pilot, and a combat veteran of World War II.
A 1968 graduate of Texas A&M University and with an MBA from Arizona State University in 1974, Hoffman edited two articles from his father’s memoirs that were published in the American Aviation Historical Society, of which he is a member, and has written an unpublished history of Universal City, Texas. He owns an extensive, private library of Air Force and military aviation history.
When not doing historical research, Hoffman volunteers at the Randolph Retiree Activities Office and serves in the Fort Sam Houston Memorial Services Detachment, which provides military honors to veterans being buried at the national cemetery.