Mr. Gartman became the Chief, Readiness and Contingency Operations in February 2014 at the Mississippi Valley Division, which has six subordinate districts within the twelve states along the Mississippi River from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. He oversees the Mississippi Valley Division Regional All Hazards Program, Regional Command Security Program, G-3 Operations, and the USACE Debris Management Program in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Prior to this assignment, he served as the Headquarters U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Liaison to U.S. Army North at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.
He leads a dynamic team of experienced emergency management, security and military professionals with four Strategic Goals: (1) Prepare for All Hazards, (2) Protect the Workforce, (3) Provide Military Support, and (4) Proponent MSC for Debris.
In 1991, Mr. Gartman started his career with USACE as a Cooperative Education student in construction at the Vicksburg District. After graduating from Mississippi State University, he worked in various positions as a civil engineer on several large Civil Works and Military Construction projects.
In 2001, he began work in emergency management at the Nashville District. His first deployment was to New York City for the September 11th World Trade Center response. He has experience working at all levels of USACE and FEMA (National, Regional, and State) during response operations.
In 2015, Mr. Gartman was appointed to the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) Commission as the Federal Agency Representative and serves as Vice-Chair. Under his leadership, the Mississippi Valley Division became the first USACE Division (Headquarters and subordinate Districts) to fully achieve EMAP Accreditation in 2019.
Mr. Gartman has a Master of Science in Engineering Management, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, is an experienced Emergency Manager, Interagency and International Liaison, Earthquake Planner, and FEMA Level II Master Professional Continuity Practitioner (MPCP).
Mr. Gartman, retired in 2010, as an Air Force Civil Engineer Officer from the Mississippi Air National Guard after twenty-six years of service in the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard.