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 paddler and 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.
He is a full-time musician and entertainer on Amelia Island performing as a solo artist, with the duo Hupp & Ray and with the popular classic rock cover band The Honey Badgers.
Hupp and his wife Lori "LuLu" reside in Fernandina Beach and are small business owners on Amelia island with the Hawaiian Soap and Trading Company. Their son Erick is a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force currently stationed with the 16th Air Command and Control Squadron at Warner-Robins AFB, Georgia.