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    Hartley appointed state command chief warrant officer, Idaho Army National Guard

    Hartley appointed state command chief warrant officer, Idaho Army National Guard

    Photo By Crystal Farris | Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michelle Hartley receives a saber from Col. Farin Schwartz,...... read more read more



    Story by 2nd Lt. Crystal Farris 

    Idaho Army National Guard

    Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michelle Hartley was appointed on 1 Oct. 2017 as the Idaho Army National Guard’s fifth command chief warrant officer, replacing Chief Warrant Officer 5 Timothy Roberts following his retirement on Jan. 25.

    As the state’s senior-ranking warrant officer, Hartley is responsible for advising Brig. Gen. Michael Garshak, adjutant general and commander, Idaho National Guard, and other members of the Idaho National Guard command group on a variety of matters pertaining to policies and actions affecting the warrant officer cohort. Her duties include educating, managing, training, recruiting and providing career enhancement for warrant officers within the state.

    “I am honored the command has put their trust in me to fill a position this important,” said Hartley. “It affirms that when you are passionate about your work, the military and your cohort, it does not go unnoticed.”

    Hartley was raised in Lakewood and Golden, Colorado where she first enlisted into the United States Army Reserve in 1982. She spent four years in the Army Reserve before moving to Mountain Home, where she worked at a local service station with an Idaho Army National Guard Soldier.

    The Soldier sparked Hartley’s interest in joining the organization, she said, which led to her enlistment with the Idaho Army National Guard in 1989 as a quartermaster under the 116th Heavy Equipment Maintenance Company.

    She was appointed a warrant officer in May 2001, after earning the rank of sergeant first class.

    Most recently Hartley has served under the 2nd Modular Training Battalion, 204th Regional Training Institute, as a senior training, advising and counseling officer for the reserve component warrant officer candidate school, and as the director of the centralized property book section.

    Throughout her career, she has held positions as supply sergeant for the 145th Support Battalion; training, administration and supply non-commissioned officer for the Idaho Military Academy; and accountable officer for the class IX supply support activity.

    Hartley was in charge of running day-to-day operations for the 145th Brigade Support Battalion’s multi-class supply warehouse during the unit’s deployment to Iraq in 2004-2005 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    She currently lives in southeast Boise with her husband, Chief Warrant Officer 4 David Hartley, a supply systems technician with the Idaho Army National Guard. Hartley has one daughter, Tech. Sgt. Tashauna Gipson, who first enlisted into the Idaho Air National Guard and now serves as an F15 avionics maintainer for the Oregon Air National Guard.



    Date Taken: 02.13.2018
    Date Posted: 02.13.2018 10:57
    Story ID: 265850
    Location: BOISE, ID, US 

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