James F. Hartman, Commander, U.S. Navy
Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School Pacific
Jim 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 and helicopter training at Whiting Field, FL, he was designated a Naval Aviator in 1997.
Completing training in the SH-60B "Seahawk", he was assigned to Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Light FIVE ONE (HSL-51) in Atsugi, Japan. As part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces he embarked on USS Chancellorsville for RIMPAC 1998 and for the 1999 Kitty Hawk Battle Group Middle Eastern Force deployment. He served as the detachment Maintenance officer in USS Vandegrift for her 2000 deployment, and as the squadron Quality Assurance Officer.
Commander Hartman 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 for her 2004 Western Pacific deployment, and as Officer of the Deck in USS Vincennes. He then assumed the additional duties of Operations Officer, responsible for the scheduling of seven destroyers. He deployed in 2005 aboard USS Kitty Hawk and also spent a total of three months on the Korean Peninsula, working as lead agent with US and Republic of Korea (ROK) joint forces to reform the Maritime Counter Special Operations Forces (CSOF) mission.
From 2006-2008 he served with HSL-37 in Kaneohe Bay, HI. As detachment Officer-in-Charge, he deployed aboard USS Lake Erie to the Western Pacific in 2007. In Kaneohe, he served as the squadron Administrative Officer and Maintenance Officer, as well as a Night Section Tactics (NVD Form) Instructor Pilot.
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 Fleet, he trained to fly the MH-60R and is now serving as Executive Officer of the Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School in San Diego, CA.
His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit, service, and campaign awards.