Our Pacific Northwest
Hotaling Earns National Guard's Top Enlisted Spot
The Columbian reported this morning that James Hotaling, who began his National Guard service in the Oregon Air National Guard, has been promoted to Chief Master Sgt., making him the highest-ranking enlisted serviceman in the Air National Guard. Under the direction of Lt. Gen. Sid Clarke, Hotaling will be responsible for the readiness of nearly 90,000 enlisted airmen. According to the Columbian’s report, Hotaling has earned the Bronze Star, a decoration of valor, and not one, but two, oak leafs marking subsequent Bronze Stars for his bravery on a mission in Afghanistan in 2002. Hotaling first enlisted in the US Air Force in 1987, serving in the first gulf war as well as Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Hotaling joined the Oregon National Guard in 2003, where he served as the chief master sergeant of Oregon’s 125th Special tactics squadron. Empirical magazine would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Chief Master Sgt. Hotaling, and thank him for his service to both the nation and our Pacific Northwest.