Academic journal article Air Power History

In Memoriam

Academic journal article Air Power History

In Memoriam

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General James V. Hartinger, USAF (Ret.) died on October 9, 2000, at a care center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

He was born on April 17, 1925, in Middleport, Ohio, where he graduated from high school in 1943. He received a bachelor of science degree from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., in 1949, and a master's degree in business administration from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., in 1963. The general was also a graduate of Squadron Officer School at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, in 1955 and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C., in 1966.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army in July 1943, and attained the grade of sergeant while serving in the Infantry. Following World War II he entered the academy and upon graduation in 1949 was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. General Hartinger attended pilot training at Randolph AFB, Texas, and Williams AFB, Arizona, where he graduated in August 1950. He then was assigned as a jet fighter pilot with the 36th Fighter-Bomber Wing at Furstenfeldbruck AB, Germany. In December 1952 the general joined the 474th Fighter-Bomber Wing at Kunsan AB, South Korea. While there he flew his first combat missions in F-84 Thunderjets.

Returning to Williams Air Force Base in July 1953, he served as a gunnery instructor with the 3526th Pilot Training Squadron. The general then transferred to Stewart AFB, New York, in August 1954 as a fighter pilot and air operations officer in the 331st Fighter-Interceptor Squadron. During this period he attended Squadron Officer School.

In July 1958 General Hartinger began a four-year tour of duty in the Directorate of Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. After receiving his master's degree in June 1963, he was assigned to the Directorate of Plans, at Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, at Hickam AFB, Hawaii.

Following graduation from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in June 1966, he completed F-4C Phantom replacement training with the 43d Tactical Fighter Squadron at MacDill AFB, Florida. From December 1966 to December 1967, he was assigned to Headquarters Seventh Air Force at Tan Son Nhut AB, Republic of Vietnam, and completed more than 100 aerial combat missions.

In 1968, General Hartinger was the F--111 test director at Nell is AFB, Nevada, and then took command of the famed "Flying Tigers," the 23d Tactical Fighter Wing, flying F--105s at McConnell AFB, Kansas. The general became deputy chief of staff for plans at North American Air Defense Command headquarters, Ent AFB, Colorado, in June 1970. He moved to Maxwell AFB in May 1973 as commandant of the Air War College.

From July 1975 until June 1978, General Hartinger was commander of the Tactical Air Command's Ninth Air Force, with headquarters at Shaw AFB, South Carolina. He then was commander of Tactical Air Command's Twelfth Air Force, with headquarters at Bergstrom AFB, Texas. He became commander in chief of North American Aerospace Defense Command in January 1980. In September 1982, General Hartinger became commander of the U.S. Air Force Space Command and commander in chief of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, with consolidated head quarters at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. His advocacy was instrumental in the creation of the U.S. and Air Force Space Commands. He retired on July 31, 1984,

The general was a command pilot with more than 5,000 flying hours and the first recipient of the Master Space Badge. His military decorations and awards include the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal; Distinguished Service Medal, with oak leaf cluster; Legion of Merit, with oak leaf cluster; Distinguished Flying Cross; Air Medal, with eight oak leaf clusters; Air Force Commendation Medal; Combat Readiness Medal; and the Republic of Korea Order of National Security Merit Tung II.

He was married to Susan Allensworth, who is deceased. …

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