Hinsdale Central Foundation, Partnership in Lifelong Learning

Christine (Tina) Wolfframm McGuffey

Membership level: Hall of Fame

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Christine (Tina) Wolfframm McGuffey

Inductee Year 2015
Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Christine (Tina) Wolfframm McGuffey
Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Christine (Tina) Wolfframm McGuffey ‘73 was born in Whittier, California, as a first generation American. After moving to Illinois with her parents in 1965 she graduated from Hinsdale Central High School in 1973. Tina was an age-group swimmer on the Hinsdale Community Swim Club, under the coaching of Don Watson, and later became a member and Co-Captain of the first HCHS Girl's Swim Team in the spring of 1973.

She became one of three women enrolled in the University of Illinois (U-C)’s Army ROTC program in 1973, the first year that ROTC was opened to women throughout the nation. In 1975 she was invited to be in the first class of women at West Point beginning in 1976. She declined, not wanting to start all over as a freshman. In the fall of 1976, she was selected as the first female Illini Cadet Battalion Commander, the highest position of cadet leadership. This was a groundbreaking accomplishment nationwide. She graduated and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in Military Intelligence in December of 1976. Again, Tina was in the first class of women who were not commissioned directly into the Women's Army Corps, but rather fully integrated with male units. LTC(Ret) Wolfframm’s Army career spanned 24 years.

LTC (Ret) Wolfframm continued to excel as a woman in a “man's Army”. She was one of three female officers in a Division of 14,000 at Ft. Stewart and became the first female intelligence officer at the Division Support Command. She also had active duty assignments at Ft. Huachuca, AZ; Munich, Germany; Washington D.C. and Ft. Meade, Maryland. The highlight of her active duty career was her command of the 5th MI Company in Munich, Germany responsible for the debriefing of defectors, refugees and resettlers from then East Germany and Soviet Union Bloc countries. She supervised field elements scattered throughout Germany. After 13 years on active duty she chose to move from the active force to the Army Reserve where she continued to serve for an additional 10 years. She was activated for Rear Detachment duties for the 2nd Armored Division (2AD) Forward in Germany during Desert Shield/Desert Storm while her husband deployed. She concluded her Army career serving at her last active duty station at the National Security Agency. LTC (Ret) Wolfframm was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (with 1st oak leaf cluster); the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (with 1st oak leaf cluster). In 2013 she was selected to be in the inaugural class of distinguished graduates in the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Army ROTC Hall of Fame.
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In addition to her BA from University of Illinois, she earned an MA from Central Michigan University and a Certificate of Lay Ministry from Concordia University, Wisconsin. Today Tina serves as the Director of Outreach for her church, Our Savior Lutheran of Laurel, Maryland. She is an active volunteer in her community. She is married to LTC (Ret) David McGuffey and has two adult children, Army Captain Erich McGuffey (spouse: 1st Lieutenant Tania McGuffey) and Alex McGuffey (spouse: Christy) who also serves as a civilian electrical engineer for the Air Force. Tina and Dave reside in Laurel, Maryland.
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