Haertel Becomes a Colonel…Again!
Eric G. Haertel, Spaatz #318 and former TSA treasurer (1996-2000), was promoted to Colonel, United States Army Reserve in a ceremony at the Pentagon on August 21, 2003. Eric earned his Spaatz as a cadet in Florida Wing on March 25, 1975.
At the time of his promotion, the colonel was serving in the Programming Division, Army G-3 training at the Pentagon, but along with the promotion came a move to the Office of the Chief Army Reserve (OCAR). OCAR is part of the Department of the Army staff. The Chief, Army Reserve is advisor to the Army Chief of Staff on Army Reserve matters and serves as the Commander of the U.S. Army Reserve Command. OCAR develops and executes Army Reserve plans, policies and programs, administers Army Reserve personnel, operations and construction funds and supervises the Army Reserve Personnel Command. Eric will serve as the G-3 (that’s “plans and operations” for those who don’t speak Army-ese).
Colonel Haertel has spent twenty-four years in Army Green, serving in the National Guard, Army Reserve, and Active Duty. He is a member of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron, Maryland Wing and assisted them in finding a meeting place at the 220th US Army Reserve MP HQ.
Eric’s wife Francine and son David assisted in the promotion ceremony. David is a freshman at Old Dominion University where he is enrolled in the Army ROTC program. A reception honoring the Army’s newest Colonel followed the ceremony in the Programming Division, followed by a party at a local restaurant. 28 Aug 2003 (Thanks to Lt Col John Knowles, Maryland Wing)