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Knoxville native to assume command of 134th Air Refueling Wing

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Col. Martin L. Hartley

MCGHEE-TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. - Knoxville-native Col. Martin L. Hartley will assume command of the Tennessee National Guard's 134th Air Refueling Wing during an official change-of-command ceremony here Aug. 5.

Col. Thomas Cauthen, who has led the 134th ARW since 2011, will become director of staff-air at Tennessee's Joint Forces Headquarters in Nashville making way for Hartley, who is currently serving as the Wing's vice commander.

"My first exposure to the Air Force was through a family friend that was a pilot in the 134th when I was a teenager," Hartley said. "To be given the opportunity 31 years later to serve in this capacity, alongside the greatest Airmen in the world, is both a privilege and an honor that I cannot describe. I'm grateful."

Hartley, a graduate of Knoxville's Doyle High School and subsequently the U.S. Air Force Academy, has served as vice commander since August of 2016. He has 27 years of service, including several pilot and command positions at the 134th since 1997. Hartley is a command pilot with more than 6,800 flying hours, including military and commercial airframes, and he has flown more than 60 combat missions in support of operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, Freedom Sentinel, and Inherent Resolve. Hartley holds a bachelor of science degree in engineering mechanics from the AF Academy and a master of business administration degree from Liberty University, Virginia.

Col. Bobby Underwood will replace Hartley in the vice commander position. Underwood, a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a bachelor of science degree in logistics, has served as commander of the 134th Operations Group since July 2014. Underwood is a command pilot with over 5,300 flying hours.

Cauthen has served in several pilot and command positions with the unit since 1986, and he has led the unit through numerous inspections, deployments and stateside emergency response efforts garnering a pristine safety record and several unit and wing-level awards and achievements. Cauthen is a second generation Tennessee guardsmen, following his dad who joined the Tennessee air guard in 1958.

"Each of these individuals has a proven track record and demonstrated ability to perform in these new assignments," said Col. Jason Glass, commander of the Tennessee Air National Guard, through an official e-mail announcement.

The mission of the 134th Air Refueling Wing is to project Global Reach and Global Power in the interest of National Defense by providing vital air refueling and critical airlift capabilities for rapid deployment, sustained combat operations and effective training. In 2017 the 134th ARW flew more than 1,000 sorties in support of contingency and training missions and deployed more than 430 Airmen in support of Operations Freedom Sentinel and Noble Eagle. The Wing also deployed personnel to Puerto Rico in support of Hurricane Maria relief efforts, and to Washington D.C. in support of the 2017 Presidential Inauguration. The Wing was recognized in February as the No. 1 of 17 tanker units flying the KC-135 in the Air National Guard.

Colonel M. Lee Hartley, Jr. is the Commander of the 134th Air Refueling Wing, Tennessee Air National Guard. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Colonel Hartley graduated from Doyle High School in 1987 and received a congressional appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. Following graduation and commissioning in 1991, he attended Undergraduate Pilot Training at Laughlin Air Force Base, TX and earned his wings in October 1992.

Colonel Hartley has flown aerial refueling missions supporting Operations Northern Watch, Deliberate Forge, Icelandic Air Defense and over 60 combat missions supporting for Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Freedom Sentinel, and Inherent Resolve. Additionally, Colonel Hartley has deployed to locations including: Incirlik AB, Turkey, Istres, France, Rhein Mein AB, Germany, RAF Mildenhall AB, England, Manas AB, Kyrgyzic Republic, Al Udeid AB, Qatar, and Camp Marmal, Afghanistan. From June 2006 – April 2007, Colonel Hartley was an initial cadre Instructor Pilot for the 134th ARW conversion to the KC-135R.

EDUCATION 1991 Bachelor of Science, Engineering Mechanics from United States Air Force Academy, Colorado
1996 Squadron Officer School (by correspondence)
2003 Air Command and Staff College (by correspondence)
2009 Air War College (by correspondence)
2015 Master of Business Administration, from Liberty University, Virginia

1. July 1991 – October 1992, student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Laughlin AFB, TX
2. October 1992 – March 1993, student, T-37B Pilot Instructor Training, Randolph AFB, TX
3. March 1993 – April 1995, T-37B Instructor Pilot, Columbus AFB, MSbr>
4. April 1995 – September 1997, T-37B Instructor Pilot, Randolph AFB, TXbr> 5. October 1997 – December 2001, KC-135E Pilot, McGhee Tyson ANGB, TNbr> 6. January 2002 - 2004, KC-135E Aircraft Commander, McGhee Tyson ANGB, TNbr> 7. June 2004 – April 2008, KC-135E/R Instructor Pilot, McGhee Tyson ANGB, TNbr> 8. April 2008 – September 2011, Chief, Standards/Evaluations, McGhee Tyson ANGB, TNbr> 9. September 2011 – April 2012, Maintenance Squadron Commander, McGhee Tyson ANGB, TNbr> 10. April 2012 – October 2014, Maintenance Group Deputy Commander, McGhee Tyson ANGB, TNbr> 11. October 2014 – August 2016, 151st Air Refueling Squadron Commander, McGhee Tyson ANGB, TNbr> 12. August 2016 - August 2018, 134th Air Refueling Wing Vice Commander, McGhee Tyson ANGB, TN

Rating: Command Pilot (Commercial Airline Transport Pilot)
Flight Hours: Over 6800 (5400 military, 1400 commercial)
Military Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-38, KC-135E and KC-135Rb
Commercial Aircraft Flown: DC-9, A-319, A-320, A-321

• Meritorious Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
• Air Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
• Aerial Achievement Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
• Air Force Commendation Medal two bronze oak leaf cluster
• Meritorious Unit Award with one bronze oak leaf cluster
• Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one silver and one bronze oak leaf clusters
• Combat Readiness Medal with one silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters
• National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
• Afghanistan Campaign Medal
• Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
• Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
• Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
• Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border and one bronze oak leaf cluster
• Air Force Longevity Service with three bronze oak leaf clusters
• Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two Mobility Devices and one bronze oak leaf cluster
• Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
• Air Force Training Ribbon
• Tennessee National Guard Professional Development Ribbon with one bronze oak leaf cluster
• Tennessee National Guard War Service Ribbon with one bronze oak leaf cluster
• Tennessee National Guard Service Ribbon with one bronze oak leaf cluster
• Tennessee National Guard Volunteer Ribbon

Second Lieutenant May 29, 1991
First Lieutenant May 29, 1991
Captain May 29, 1991
Major August 13, 1999
Lieutenant Colonel February 04, 2005
Colonel August 22, 2016

Published August 8, 2018

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