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Former top gun flying ace is new US ambassador

A FORMER US fighter pilot is the new American Ambassador to Portugal. Alfred Hoffman Junior was sworn in as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States in Portugal in November.

Ambassador Hoffman was founder and chairman of the board of the WCI Communities Inc., a Florida based property company with interests in Florida, New York and New Jersey.

Under his guidance, WCI became a leading community developer, home builder and real estate services company with revenue exceeding 2.2 billion US dollars.

A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Ambassador Hoffman served as a fighter pilot in the US Air Force and later earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Ambassador Hoffman was national co-chair and Florida state finance chairman for the George W. Bush presidential campaign. He also served as co-chairman of finance for the Presidential Inaugural Committee and national finance chairman of the Republican National Committee for 2001, 2003 and 2004.

He and his wife Dawn are from Fort Myers, Florida, and have five children.