Cmdr. J. Carl Hartsfield Jr.
Commander Hartsfield entered the Navy in 1990 as a Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate (NUPOC). He served aboard the USS Los Angeles (SSN 688) as a division officer completing one of the first 688 class refuel overhauls and shifting homeport from California to Hawaii. Commander Hartsfield's department head tour was as Navigation/Operations officer of USS Parche (SSN 683). In his tour, Parche completed three extended missions, the last logging 120 days of continuous submerged operations. His Executive Officer tour was aboard USS Nevada (SSBN 733) Blue and included two strategic deterrent patrols. During his service as XO, Nevada won her second consecutive Battle Efficiency "E" award, back to back personnel retention awards, and was honored as the best Trident submarine crew in the Pacific Fleet.
Commander Hartsfield has served ashore in the Defense Liaison Division helping to plan 15 priority-one Chief of Naval Operations missions. Most recently he served ashore on the Joint Staff J-5 working extensively abroad with diplomats from over 100 nations to minimize Weapons of Mass Destruction threats under the Proliferation Security Initiative.
Commander Hartsfield is a master's graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic institution Joint program in Ocean Sciences. During his ocean engineering study, Commander Hartsfield deployed with the research vessel USNS Pathfinder in 2005.
Commander Hartsfield has received several decorations to include the Charles A. Lockwood Award for professional excellence.