Wilkes University


Wilkes University Air Force ROTC Program Installs Lt. Col. Robert Hartmann As New Commander

Lt. Col. Robert Hartmann has joined Wilkes University as the new commander for the Air Force ROTC Program, Detachment 752. In his role as the commander, he is responsible for all aspects of the Air Force ROTC program at Wilkes. His primary duties include educating, training, mentoring and evaluating students for future careers as Air Force officers. Hartman reports to the university president and to the Commander, Air Force ROTC Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.

Prior to accepting his position at Wilkes, Hartmann was stationed in Brunssum, Netherlands, where he was the division chief of staff management and military assistant to the deputy chief of staff for Allied Joint Forces Command, NATO. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1985 and served as a software engineer prior to earning his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Texas Lutheran College in 1990. He earned his commission through Officer Training School in 1994. He was then selected to attend the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, where he received his master’s degree in information resource management in 2001.

Throughout his active duty career, Hartmann has received numerous awards and decorations which include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award and the Meritorious Unit Award.

Wilkes University is one of only four universities in Pennsylvania that offer the Air Force ROTC program. Students from 10 colleges and universities in northeast Pennsylvania participate in the program. It is open to all full-time college student in any major. Students who participate in the program learn leadership skills, plus a diverse portfolio of other professional skills that will serve them well no matter their career path. Students who successfully complete the Air Force ROTC program enter the active duty Air Force as officers post-graduation in a career field based on their background and education.