LtCol Kaufmann graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1999 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. He completed The Basic School in January, 2000, and reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, FL, for flight training. In October, 2001, he completed flight training and reported to NAS North Island, CA for Survival, Evasion, Resist, Escape (SERE) school.
Following SERE school, he reported to Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron 164 at Camp Pendleton, CA, as a fleet replacement pilot for the CH-46E. In April, 2002, he reported to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 162 (HMM-162) at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River, NC. In January, 2003, HMM-162 deployed with the Aviation Combat Element (ACE) for the 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade (2d MEB). The 2d MEB, designated as Task Force Tarawa, was one of the first military units to cross the Line of Departure into Iraq at the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
Captain Kaufmann deployed a second time with HMM-162 (REIN) in March, 2005, as the ACE for the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26 MEU).
During this deployment, the squadron supported Theater Security Cooperation Exercises (TSCE) in Israel, Jordan, Djibouti, and Saudi Arabia, and also supported combat operations once again in OIF. After this deployment, HMM-162 deactivated in order to transition to the MV-22 Osprey, and Captain Kaufmann was re-assigned to HMM-264. He deployed a third time with HMM-264 (REIN) as the ACE for the 26th MEU.
During this deployment, the squadron supported Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa and Special Operations Command, as well as TSCE in Somalia, Kenya, Jordan, and Kuwait.
From August, 2007, to May, 2008, he attended Expeditionary Warfare School in Quantico, VA. After graduation in 2008, he served as an augment instructor at Marine Officer Candidate School and then reported to MCAS Cherry Point, NC, for transition training as a KC-130J fleet replacement pilot.
Captain Kaufmann reported to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 (VMGR-252) in March of 2009 and deployed to Al Asad, Iraq, from July, 2009, to February, 2010. In December, 2010, Major Kaufmann reported to Marine Wing Support Squadron 172 (MWSS-172) in Okinawa, Japan, where he served as the Operations Officer through July 2012.
During this time, the squadron provided Aviation Ground Support for more than twenty various exercises and operations in the Pacific area of operations to include the Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (HA/DR) mission, Operation TOMODACHI. In August, 2012, he reported to VMGR-152 where he served as the Aviation Maintenance Officer and Executive Officer. During this time, the squadron supported two additional HA/DR missions in the Philippines, and conducted detailed planning for the Defense Policy Review Initiative relocation of VMGR-152 from MCAS Futenma to MCAS Iwakuni. In July, 2014, Maj Kaufmann reported to the United States Air Force Academy as the USMC liaison officer. In June, 2016, Maj Kaufmann reported to 2nd Marine Regiment to serve as the Future Operations Officer.
In September of that year, he deployed with 2nd Marines Headquarters as the Command Element for the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis-Response Africa. During this deployment, 2nd Marines supported 10 named operations in Libya and the Horn of Africa, participated in 24 multilateral training exercises, and executed 13 Theater Security Cooperation events. In June, 2018, LtCol Kaufmann and his family reported to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni. Lieutenant Colonel Kaufmann assumed command of Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron Iwakuni on 26 July, 2018.