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USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43)

CDR. Galen R. (Ray) Hartman

Commander Ray Hartman is a native of Middletown, Maryland. He enlisted in the Navy on 16 July 1982 and entered service at RTC Great Lakes, Il. After completing Machinist Mate ďAĒ school and Nuclear Power School he served onboard USS El Paso (LKA 117), USS Long Beach (CGN 9), USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and USS South Carolina (CGN 37).

He reached the rank of Chief Petty Officer in 1992. He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of New York in January 1991, accepted into Officer Candidate School, and commissioned July 1993 in Newport, Rhode Island. In January 2000, he obtained his Masterís degree in Education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.

CDR Hartmanís first commissioned sea duty was as Communications and Strike Warfare Officer onboard USS San Jacinto (CG 56) from May 1994 to July 1997, deploying in support of Operations SHARP GUARD and SOUTHERN WATCH. He returned to sea duty in USS San Jacinto (CG 56) as Weapons Officer from July 2001 to February 2003, leading the ship as Combat Systems Training Team Leader and the TRUMAN battlegroup as Force TAO. While serving in USS San Jacinto, he deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. CDR Hartman assumed command of USS Tempest (PC 2) in May 2003, deployed in support of Operation NOBLE EAGLE/NEPTUNE SHIELD, crew swapped to USS Chinook (PC 9) from January 2004 to July 2004, and deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM/ENDURING FREEDOM. He reported to USS Normandy (CG 60) in November 2006 as Executive Officer deploying as flagship for Standing NATO Maritime Group 1, completing NATOís first out of area deployment to Africa. CDR Hartmanís shore assignments include; instructor and course supervisor for PCO/PXO at AEGIS Training and Readiness Center, Dahlgren, VA, specializing in AEGIS doctrine and air defense tactics, Action Officer for Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic for the new Non-Compliant Visit Board Search and Seizure capability, Chief of Naval Operations staff as Section Head and resource sponsor of Air Defense for Director, Surface Warfare (N86). In June 2010 he reported onboard USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) as Executive Officer. On May 20th, 2011 he then assumed the duties of Commanding Officer onboard USS Fort McHenry.

Commander Hartman has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal second award, Navy Commendation Medal sixth award, Navy Achievement Medal, and Good Conduct Medal with bronze star.

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