Major General Hartsell began his Marine Corps career in 1981 as an Enlisted Marine and served with 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company, Mobile AL. Upon graduation from University of South Alabama he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in 1983. After completing The Basic School and Infantry Officer Course he was assigned to 2nd Battalion 3rd Marines in Kaneohe Bay HI where from 1984-1987 he served as a Rifle Platoon Commander, Anti-Armor Platoon Commander, Battalion S-2, Rifle Company & Weapons Company Executive Officer.
From 1987-1990 he served as a Series Commander and Company Commander at MCRD Parris Island SC. In 1989 he was assigned as the OIC of the Parris Island Shooting Team and in 1990 joined the Marine Corps Pistol Team in Quantico VA and earned his Distinguished Pistol Badge. He attended the Amphibious Warfare School in Quantico VA from 1990-91 and then served as a Rifle Company Commander with 1st Battalion 6th Marines in Camp Lejeune NC from 1991-93 and participated in Operation Provide Promise as part of 22 MEU (SOC). In 1993 he was assigned to II MEF Special Operations Training Group Amphibious Raids Branch.
In 1994 he transitioned to the Marine Corps Reserve and joined 3rd Battalion 23d Marines where he served as a Rifle Company Commander and then from 1998-2000 he served as the Battalion's S3A and then Operations Officer. In 2001 he was assigned as the Commanding Officer of 4th Reconnaissance Battalion in San Antonio TX. During this tour he was activated from March - August 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I taking on the additional role of Battalion Inspector-Instructor.
In 2004 he was mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II and deployed with 1st Marine Division as the Division's Senior Liaison Officer to I Marine Expeditionary Force in Al-Anbar Iraq. From 2005-2007 he served as a member and then OIC of the 4th Marine Division Forward-West in Camp Pendleton CA. From 2008-2010 he was assigned as the II MEF Command Element IMA Chief of Staff in Camp Lejeune NC and during this tour was mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and deployed to Afghanistan as the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade Senior Liaison Officer to the NATO Regional Command - South.
Upon promotion to Brigadier General in 2010 he was assigned as the Deputy Commanding General, I MEF (Mobilization) and then served as Commanding General of 4th Marine Division from 2012-2014. He is currently assigned in a Joint Flag Officer role at U.S. Pacific Command where he has served as Chief of Staff, as J5 Strategic Planning & Policy, Interim Director of DKI Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, and as Mobilization Assistant to the Commander USPACOM.
Major General Hartsell is a graduate of the Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Corps Command & Staff College, Naval War College & National Defense University Courses, NATO Joint Warfare Course, Executive Business Strategic Thinking Course, Land Component Commander Course, Air Component Commander Course, Special Operations Component Commander Course, Joint Flag Officer Warfighter Course, DKI APCSS Transnational Security Cooperation Course, US-Russia Security Program, CCL Leadership at the Peak, and CAPSTONE.
His awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Action Ribbon with gold star, and the Distinguished Pistol Badge.
Major General Hartsell's civilian career has been in the Healthcare Industry where he has served in Marketing, Product Management, US & Global Business Development, and Hospital Administration, and Healthcare Leadership.
(Updated October 2017)