General Hartinger's career includes his service as an F-111 Test Director at Nellis AFB, NV. He was also the commander of the famed Flying Tigers, the 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing at McConnell AFB, KS. He served a tour as General at the North American Air Defense Command in Colorado Springs and also served as Commandant of the Air War College in Alabama.
During General Hartinger's USAF career, he spent time in Germany, Korea, as well as several bases throughout the US. In 1979, General Hartinger was appointed as Commander-in-Chief of NORAD and promoted to four-star general and the overall commander of the Air Force. General Hartinger is often considered the 'founding father' of the United States Space Command for his leadership role during these years.
General Hartinger spent his entire career as a pilot and spent over 5,000 hours in the air as well as earning the distinction of flying nearly every USAF aircraft over his 35-year career.