James F. Hartman, Commander, U.S. Navy
Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School Pacific
Commander Hartman of Colorado Springs was commissioned through ROTC upon graduation from Harvard University with a BA in German Studies. After joint pilot training in the T-37 at Reese AFB, TX he was designated a Naval Aviator in 1997. Completing training in the SH-60B "Seahawk", he was assigned to HSL-51 in Atsugi, Japan. As part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces he embarked USS CHANCELLORSVILLE (CG-62) for deployments including her 1999 Middle Eastern Force deployment. He served as the detachment Maintenance Officer in USS VANDEGRIFT (FFG-48) and as the squadron Quality Assurance Officer.
Commander Hartman next reported to Nordholz, Germany for duty with the German Navy under the Personnel Exchange Program. The only American helicopter pilot in Naval Air Wing 3, he piloted the Mk88A “Super Lynx”. He deployed in 2002 to the Horn of Africa (HOA) embarked in FGS EMDEN supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF). After ship basic training in England with FGS AUGSBURG he was designated Officer-in-Charge (Hubschrauber Einsatz Offizier). In 2003 he deployed to HOA in support of OEF embarked in FGS BRANDENBURG. He led a German detachment of two armed helicopters and concurrently served as the Aviation Officer on the staff of Commander, Task Force 150.
He returned to Japan as the Aviation Officer on the staff of Commander, Destroyer Squadron FIFTEEN. He qualified as Staff Watch Officer aboard USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) for her 2004 Western Pacific deployment, and as Officer of the Deck in USS VINCENNES (CG-49). He assumed the additional duties of Operations Officer, responsible for scheduling seven destroyers. He deployed in 2005 in USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) and also spent a total of three months on the Korean Peninsula, working as lead agent with US and Republic of Korea joint forces to reform the Maritime Counter Special Operations Forces (CSOF) mission.
From 2006 he served with HSL-37 in Kaneohe Bay, HI. As Detachment Officer-in-Charge, he deployed in USS LAKE ERIE (CG-70) in 2007. In Kaneohe, he served as the squadron Administrative Officer and Maintenance Officer.
In 2009 Commander Hartman studied Japanese at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA and in 2011 graduated the Command and Staff Course of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force Staff College in Tokyo. Following service on the staff of Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Pacific, he transitioned to the MH-60R, graduated the Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor course, and completed a master’s degree in international relations from Norwich University. Since 2014 he serves as Commanding Officer of the HSM Weapons School Pacific.
His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit, service, and campaign awards.