Distinguished Service Medal
Major General (MG) Lynn Hartsell was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of the Field Artillery (FA) through Arkansas State University’s ROTC program in 1971. He retired in 2005 after 34 years of distinguished service to the nation. Over his career, MG Hartsell served in Korea, Germany, the United States, and Southwest Asia, including tours with the 82nd Airborne Division, 101st Airborne Division, 2nd Infantry Division, and III Corps Artillery.
MG Hartsell’s command tours included A Battery, 1-15 FA, in the Republic of Korea; B Battery, 2-36 FA, at Fort Sill; 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment (“Balls of the Eagle”), 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, which included Operations Desert Shield and Storm; the 2nd Infantry Division Artillery in the Republic of Korea, and as the Commanding General, III Corps Artillery at Fort Sill, the largest artillery formation in the Army.
Other assignments included: Director of the Army Budget ($135 billion); Director of the Army Quadrennial Defense Review; Director of Resources and Evaluation of Forces Command; Chief of Program and Budget Branch, J-8, the Joint Staff; and Budget Analyst for United States Army Europe.
MG Hartsell earned his Master’s Degree in Comptrollership at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville in 1981. He is also a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and the Air War College.
Throughout his exemplary career, he received the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (2 OLCs), the Bronze Star, and the Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLCs). His badges and tabs include the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and both the Joint Staff and Army Staff Identification Badges.