A. M. 'Hupp' Huppmann
Veteran - United States Navy
Hupp is a Maryland native and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Western Connecticut State University. He enlisted in the United States Navy in August 1984. During his subsequent twenty-year naval career he served onboard the submarines USS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (SSBN 640), USS JACKSONVILLE (SSN 699), USS WEST VIRGINIA (SSBN 736) and the aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) where he completed several cold-war era submarine deployments, nine SSBN strategic deterrent patrols and two extended combat cruises in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Additionally, he completed shore tour assignments as a Flag Writer/Executive Assistant, Administrative Officer and Personnel Officer on the staff of three Submarine Flag Officers.
He retired from active duty service in August 2004 at the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer (Submarine, Surface and Aviation Warfare Qualified).
Following his retirement, he became an avid endurance athlete completing numerous long-distance cycling and running events including the famed Disney “Goofy” Challenge consisting of a half marathon (13.1 miles) and a full marathon (26.2 miles) held on subsequent weekend days. Hupp resides in Fernandina Beach, Florida with his wife Lori who manages the Cardio Pulmonary Department at Baptist Healthcare on Amelia Island. Their son Erick is a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force who is currently completing flight school in Pensacola, Florida. He is a full-time musician and entertainer on Amelia Island performing as a solo artist, with the duo “Hupp & Ray” and with the wildly popular classic rock cover band “The Honey Badgers”.
He is an avid paddler and in 2019 participated with his Four from Home teammates in Cross the Line’s kayaking event from St. Marys, GA to Fernandina Beach, FL. The proceeds from that event went to support an all veteran open ocean rowing team (Fight Oar Die) participating in the 2019 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge Open Ocean Rowing event. After participating in this event, it planted the seed that led to the Four from Home team being born. Four from Home will participate in the 2021 Talisker Whisky Challenge in support of veteran mental health issues and the fight against veteran suicide.