Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Brooksville hospital administrator serving as Marine reservist promoted to brigadier general

Brig. Gen. James S. Hartsell, associate administrator of Brooksville Regional,  recently returned from Afghanistan.

Hernando County Government Broadcasting

Brig. Gen. James S. Hartsell, associate administrator of Brooksville Regional, recently returned from Afghanistan.

BROOKSVILLE — Nominated by President Barack Obama and approved by the U.S. Senate, a local Marine Corps reservist has been promoted to brigadier general.

Only 1 percent of Marine Corps colonels who are eligible for promotion achieve the rank, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

The new brigadier general, James Scott Hartsell, is associate administrator of Brooksville Regional Hospital.

Hartsell, 48, of Land O'Lakes, is one of the youngest Marines to be awarded the rank. He was honored with a resolution Tuesday at the Hernando County Commission meeting and a celebration Wednesday at Brooksville Regional.

Describing his responsibilities, and having recently returned from a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan, Hartsell said, "As a general officer, you're getting into more strategic operational duties, more accountability, representing the country more at a responsible level."

In Afghanistan, the then-colonel served as the Marines' senior operational liaison with the NATO command. While hosting NATO-country dignitaries, he explained Marines operations and squired official representatives to battlefields. He also coordinated briefings and activities with special operations officers.

Previously, Hartsell served a year in Iraq.

After graduation from the University of South Alabama, the Lake Wales native joined the Marines, commissioned as a second lieutenant. He served in active duty for 13 years. Following voluntary separation, Hartsell joined the Reserves 16 years ago, personifying the adage "Once a Marine, always a Marine."

Of his callups, Hartsell said, "Typically, in the Reserves, you'd serve several weekends a year, rarely a couple of months. After 9/11, Reserves became very active. After 9/11, they brought a lot of us back in. I jumped right back into it."

Both of his callups came while he was employed in the health care industry.

"It is a burden on my family and my employer," he said, "(but) they want to serve the nation."

Hartsell sees parallels between the military and health care administration. They both are service-oriented, both require leadership and communication skills, and both include community relations aspects.

"So, to me, it wasn't that much of a transition," he said. "Communication access enables me to float between the two."

In the request for his promotion, Hartsell was required to detail his community involvement, which includes his local church, the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, the Hernando County Family YMCA, the United Way of Hernando County, Arc of the Nature Coast, the 2008 Leadership Hernando class and various hospital board affiliations.

Hartsell has been married to his wife, Melisa, for 21 years. The have three sons: Nathan, 18; Evin, 21, and Alex, 24.

Beth Gray can be contacted at [email protected]

Brooksville hospital administrator serving as Marine reservist promoted to brigadier general 09/01/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 8:28pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Dirk Koetter to Bucs: Take your complaints to someone who can help

    Bucs

    TAMPA — It was just another day of aching bellies at One Save Face.

    Dirk Koetter: “All of our issues are self-inflicted right now.”
  2. Seminole Heights murders: fear and warnings, but no answers

    Crime

    TAMPA — Interim Tampa police Chief Brian Dugan elicited loud gasps from the crowd of about 400 who showed up at Edison Elementary School on Monday night to learn more about the string of unsolved killings that have left the southeast Seminole Heights neighborhood gripped by fear.

    Kimberly Overman, left, comforts Angelique Dupree, center, as she spoke about the death of her nephew Benjamin Mitchell, 22, last week in Seminole Heights. The Tampa Police Department held a town hall meeting Monday night where concerned residents hoped to learn more about the investigation into the three shooting deaths over 11 days in southeast Seminole Heights. But police could give the crowd at Edison Elementary School few answers. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  3. Juvenile justice reform seen as help for teen car theft problem

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — One of Tampa Bay's largest religious organizations has decided to make reforming the juvenile justice system one of its top priorities for next year.

    One of Tampa Bay's largest religious organizations, Faith & Action for Strength Together (FAST), voted Monday night to make reforming the juvenile justice system one of its top priorities for next year. FAST believes civil citations could help Pinellas County?€™s teen car theft epidemic by keeping children out of the juvenile justice system for minor offenses. [ZACHARY T. SAMPSON  |  Times]
  4. U.S. general lays out Niger attack details; questions remain (w/video)

    War

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Special Forces unit ambushed by Islamic militants in Niger didn't call for help until an hour into their first contact with the enemy, the top U.S. general said Monday, as he tried to clear up some of the murky details of the assault that killed four American troops and has triggered a nasty …

    Gen. Joseph Dunford said much is still unclear about the ambush.
  5. Trump awards Medal of Honor to Vietnam-era Army medic (w/video)

    Military

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday turned a Medal of Honor ceremony for a Vietnam-era Army medic who risked his life to help wounded comrades into a mini homework tutorial for the boy and girl who came to watch their grandfather be enshrined "into the history of our nation."

    WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 23:  Retired U.S. Army Capt. Gary Rose (L) receives a standing ovation after being awarded the Medal of Honor by U.S. President Donald Trump during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House October 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. Rose, 69, is being recognized for risking his life while serving as a medic with the 5th Special Force Group and the Military Assistance Command Studies and Observations Group during ‘Operation Tailwind’ in September 1970. Ignoring his own injuries, Rose helped treat 50 soldiers over four days when his unit joined local fighters to attack North Vietnamese forces in Laos - officially off limits for combat at the time.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) 775062921