CAPT Randall Hartnett
Captain Randall (Randy) Hartnett graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. His first assignment was as a Deck Watch Officer aboard CGC BOUTWELL, based out of Alameda, CA. In August 1992, Captain Hartnett reported to Naval Flight Training at NAS Pensacola, Florida and was designated a Coast Guard Aviator in May 1994.
Captain Hartnett’s first aviation assignment was at Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico, where he flew the HH-65A. He qualified as an Aircraft Commander and served in several collateral assignments prior to being accepted into the Aeronautical Engineering Program. In 2001 he transitioned to the mighty C-130 Hercules aircraft and was assigned as the Fixed-Wing Engineering Officer at Barbers Point, HI, where he qualified as an Aircraft Commander and also earned his Airline Transport Pilot Certificate and L-382 Type Rating. Captain Hartnett departed Barbers Point in 2004 to attend graduate school, earning a Master of Science in Engineering from Purdue’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Following graduate school, Captain Hartnett was assigned to the Aircraft Repair and Supply Center, now known as the Aviation Logistics Center (ALC), where he served as the C-130 Product Line Engineering Cell Leader and sole C-130H instructor pilot and examiner, and he later fleeted up to the Product Line Manager position for two years in 2009.
In 2011, Captain Hartnett was assigned as the Engineering Officer for Airsta Clearwater, FL, and after a year fleeted up to Executive Officer. He excelled at running the Coast Guard’s largest and busiest air station while continuing to train pilots as a C-130 Instructor and Flight Examiner.
Captain Hartnett reports to ALC from Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, DC, where he served as Chief of Systems and Deputy Chief of the Coast Guard Aeronautical Engineering Program (CG-41). His crowning achievements include leading a team to purchase the former “DRS” hangars at the ALC, now known as the “Heavy Maintenance Facility,” and developing a maintenance and airworthiness program for the U. S. Forest Service to safely operate former Coast Guard C-130s as fire-tankers. Captain Hartnett is a certified Level-III, Department of Homeland Security Program Manager. His significant awards include three Meritorious Service Medals, three Commendation Medals, and one Achievement Medal.