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Mickey Hartinger, spouse of AFSPC founding father, dies at 79

Mildred Etta “Mickey” Hartinger, wife of Gen. (Ret.) James V. Hartinger, first former Air Force Space Command commander from 1982 to 1984, died at the age of 79.

As spouse of the “founding father” of AFSPC, Hartinger stood beside her husband during the last years of his distinguished military career.

Hartinger nobly continued her support to AFSPC long after her husband retired from active duty and even after his death in 2000.  She was no stranger to the AFSPC Headquarters building, which is appropriately named after her husband. Whether she was presenting an award or proudly attending an anniversary celebration, she was an ever-present reminder of her husband’s legacy.

Current AFSPC Commander, Gen. Jay Raymond, said, “Mrs. Hartinger was an inspiration and great influence to us all; and a dedicated supporter of Air Force Space Command.  Her charismatic personality and selfless service to our military community will greatly be missed.”

One way the Hartinger legacy lives on is through the Hartinger Award, which was established in 1984. It is one of the highest honors any space professional can achieve. It is presented each year to a person who has made a significant contribution to the Unities States military space mission.  Mickey Hartinger often attended the award ceremony each year; initially with her husband, and representing him after he had passed.

At the time of publication, memorial services were still being determined.  Contact the Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd. for more information; or visit its website at:

Mickey Hartinger, spouse of AFSPC founding father, dies at 79
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