The 452nd Maintenance Group (MXG) welcomed their new commander during the formal Assumption of Command Ceremony at March Air Reserve Base’s Cultural Resource Center on August 7, 2016.
During the ceremony Brig. Gen. Russell A. Muncy, commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, passed the 452 MXG’s guidon to Col. James L. Hartle signifying the formal transfer of responsibility, authority, and accountability to him.
“His (Hartle) resume is significant and when you look at his experience, I don’t think you can have anyone that has a broader reach and depth in the maintenance community,” said Muncy. “When you look at his work, it’s a history of superb performance.”
Some of the aircraft in Hartle’s breadth of experience include the C-130 Hercules, KC-135 Stratotanker, C-5 Galaxy, C-17 Globemaster III, HH-60 Pave Hawk, F-16 Fighting Falcon, and the U-2 Dragon Lady.
After the invocation, Hartle took to the stage to recognize and thank the countless number of maintainers that he had the opportunity to serve with during his career.
“These individuals were just like you (452nd MXG); turning wrenches in the heat, in the cold, in the rain, in the wind, in the snow, in the ice, and every other inconceivable condition that is not conducive to aircraft maintenance,” said Hartle. “Each one did it with pride and each one did it with professionalism, and I have no doubt that the 452nd is the exact same way.”
Hartle noted the 452nd’s list of accomplishments, distinguished achievements, and also thanked Muncy for the opportunity to lead the 452nd MXG.
“The 452nd MXG must maintain readiness at the highest possible level and be prepared when our nation calls upon us.” Hartle said.
“It’s a tremendous responsibility, but we have some fantastic officers, fantastic senior NCO’s and outstanding Airmen in the 452nd MXG,” said Muncy. “So I have no doubt that Hartle will take our nine C-17’s and 14 KC-135’s and is going to help our active duty associate partners and take the 452nd to that next step, while taking care of these fine Airmen that make us so proud.”
Hartle, who has been running the show at 452nd Maintenance Group since his appointment as commander on July 24, understands the his units importance to wing operations.
“We will continue to put safety and compliance in the heart everything we do, because it is imperative in order to deliver reliable and lethal aircraft when and where we need to,” said Hartle. ‘I’m honored and I am humbled to be your new commander and leader.”