Gen. William W. Hartzog honored for distinguished service
The Citadel's only graduate to attain the rank of four star general in the U.S. Army is the 2013 recipient of the Krause Center Award for Distinguished Service, Leadership and Ethics.
Presented by The Citadel's Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics on March 8, 2013, the award is presented annually to a graduate who exemplifies the highest ideals of leadership through integrity and service to others.
Bill Krause, Class of 1963 and the namesake for the Krause Center, presented the award to retired U.S. Army Gen. William W. Hartzog during the center's annual banquet. Also during the banquet, the Krause Center recognized several cadets and members of the faculty and staff for their service learning and civic engagement efforts.
"It was clear from the first time we met that this was someone different," Krause said. "Gen. Hartzog is one of the most exceptional leaders our nation has ever known."
Hartzog retired from active duty in November 1998 after 35 years of distinguished service. His last assignment was as commanding general of the Training Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe, Va., where his leadership and responsibility served TRADOC's mission by developing the Army's doctrine, training and combat progression.
After graduating from The Citadel in 1963, where Hartzog received a degree in English, he was commissioned in the infantry. His first assignment after the Infantry Officer Basic Course was as executive officer of an Officer Candidate School company at Fort Benning. In 1965 he was assigned to Fort Kobbe, Panama. He deployed to Vietnam in 1967, eventually commanding a company, and upon return to the United States he attended the Infantry Officer Advanced Course. After graduation, he was assigned as a tactics instructor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and then returned to Vietnam in 1972 as a plans officer for Military Assistance Command, Vietnam. He attended the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College from 1973 to 1974, and then proceeded to Fort Riley, where he served in various staff positions with the 1st Infantry Division.
In April 1978, he was given command of the 193rd Infantry Brigade. Following his assignment in Panama, he attended the United States Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa., and then served at the War Plans Division in Washington D.C., where he eventually became chief. He was next assigned as executive officer at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, before taking command of another brigade, the 197th Infantry Brigade at Fort Benning. After serving from 1987 to 1989 as the assistant commandant of the United States Army Infantry School, he returned to Panama for a third time as the J-3, United States Southern Command, a position he held during Operation Just Cause. He took command of United States Army South in 1990, and followed that command in 1991 with command of the 1st Infantry Division. He served as deputy commander in chief/chief of staff, United States Atlantic Command from 1993 to 1994 before taking command of United States Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe.
Hartzog has served as the chief executive officer of Burdeshaw Associates since his retirement from the Army. He has also served on the Defense Science Board, the Army Historical Foundation and the executive advisory boards of CUBIC, IMB and MITRE Corp. He has been recognized by the state of South Carolina, Kansas State University and holds an honorary doctorate from The Citadel.