First Sergeant, United States Army
WHO IS JOHN HATLEY?
John is a 50-year-old Texas native who served almost 20 years in the Army with an excellent and longstanding combat and military record as a Paratrooper, Ranger, and Infantryman. John joined the military on 26 October 1989 and attended basic training and AIT at Ft. Benning, Georgia. While attending basic training, he was selected for the IET Fast Track Program acknowledging his leadership potential. He was assigned to Ft. Campbell, KY and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm where he progressed through the ranks to Sergeant and attended the Primary Leadership Development Course. He attended the Air Assault Course and Jungle Operations Training in Panama.
In September of 1993, he reenlisted and was stationed in the Republic of Korea. He reclassified to mechanized infantry and was selected to attend the Bradley Fighting Vehicle Leaders Course. He served as a Dismount Squad Leader and a Section Leader.
In January of 1995, he returned to Ft. Hood, TX and he graduated the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course where he was selected as the Honor Graduate. He attended Delta Force Selection but was unable to complete the course due to injury. He also successfully completed the Bradley Master Gunner School.
In 1999, he deployed to Bosnia in support of Operation Joint Forge. He was inducted into
the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club in the fall of 1999. He was selected by the Brigade Command
Sergeant Major to serve as the Brigade Master Gunner while awaiting attendance to the Advanced
Noncommissioned Officers Course. He distinguished himself during attendance to ANCOC in
May 2000 and was selected for the Commandant's List and identified as the recipient of the
ANCOC Henry Caro Leadership Award.
John was then stationed in Schweinfurt, Germany as Platoon Sergeant. He successfully
completed U.S. Army Ranger and Airborne School. He was selected to serve as the Division
Master Gunner and then was assigned as the Division's G-3 Training Sergeant's Major where he
deployed the Division Tactical Operations Center to Iraq for Operation Iraq Freedom II. He was
promoted to First Sergeant in 2004.
John deployed the company for a second tour in 2006 in support of Operation Iraqi
Freedom 06-08 in Baghdad, Iraq. After deployment, he served approximately 12 months as the
US Army Garrison Housing Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge in Schweinfurt, Germany.
John's career was characterized by honor, sacrifice, and valor. He was awarded two Bronze Stars, an Army Commendation Medal for Valor, and a Ranger Tab, to name a few, attesting to the level of his commitment to his country. His distinguished performance was recognized early in his career and catapulted him through the ranks, while he accepted ever-increasing responsibility and challenges.
John also has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Upper Iowa University, and he is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration Degree from Adams State University.