On 7 January 2001, John J. Hartnett, the newly appointed Chief of Staff, Washington Air National Guard, was promoted to Brigadier General in a pinning ceremony at Fairchild AFB. In his new position, General Hartnett is responsible for directing and coordinating headquarters staff activities to support the 2,400 members of the Washington Air National Guard.
Brigadier General John Hartnett succeeds BG James A. McDevitt, who retired the previous December, as the new Chief of Staff for the Washington Air National Guard. At the change of command ceremony, General Hartnett commented that "these are challenging yet exciting times for our state and the Air National Guard. I am truly privileged to be facing these challenges as part of such a great organization with such talented and quality people."
General Hartnett began his Air Force career in 1971 as a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and received his pilot wings at Columbus AFB, MS. He is a command pilot with more than 4,800 flying hours in the C/EC-121 and KC-135 A/E. His operational experience includes Squadron Instructor Pilot, Squadron Operations Officer and Squadron Commander. He served in Thailand during the Vietnam War.
After serving on active duty for eight years General Hartnett joined the Washington Air National Guard in 1975 as a KC-135A pilot. He also served as an Instructor/Evaluator Pilot and operations officer and deployed to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in support of Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In December 1994 he assumed command of the 116th Air Refueling Squadron at Fairchild AFB and was promoted to Vice Commander, 141st Air Refueling Wing in July 1996.
Brigadier General Hartnett's award and decorations include the Air Medal, with one device; Aerial Achievement Medal; Air Force Commendation Medal; Air Force Achievement Medal; Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor, three devices; Combat Readiness Medal, five devices; National Defense Service Medal, one device; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Vietnam Service Medal, one device; Southwest Asia Service Medal, two devices; Armed Forces Service Medal; Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon, six devices; Armed Forces Reserve Medal; Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, one device; Air Force Training Ribbon; Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait).