Colonel (ret) Duane E. Hardesty
Colonel (ret) Duane E. Hardesty was commissioned from Idaho State University Army ROTC as an Armor Second Lieutenant in 1967, and began a 30 year career in the Army, which included combat duty in the Republic of Vietnam. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster; Bronze Star with “V” device and two Oak Leaf Clusters; Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf clusters; Air Medal; Joint Services Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal with “V” device and two Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Achievement Medal and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.
In 2005, Colonel Hardesty helped his colleagues develop a special program at the Northrop Grumman Corporation called Operation IMPACT: Injured Military Pursuing Assisted Career Transition. The program is specifically designed to assist our Nation’s Wounded/Injured/Ill Warriors from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and New Dawn in Afghanistan (OEF) with transition opportunities from military service to a career in Northrop Grumman. This unique program is recognized as a “Best Practice” in Corporate America and was awarded the President’s Freedom Award by the Secretary of Labor on October 24, 2007; The California Veterans Employer of the Year Award in 2008; The Utah Governor’s Freedom Award in 2008; The Veteran Administration’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Education Veteran Employer of the Year Award in 2009; The American Legion Freedom Award in 2010; and The American Corporate Legal Association’s 2012 “Patriot Award”. Colonel Hardesty was awarded the Northrop Grumman Corporation Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Jan 2010 for his outstanding achievement as Outreach Ambassador for the Operation IMPACT Program. This is the highest award presented to an employee of the Corporation.
He was elected to the Steilacoom Historical School District #1 in 1999 and 2003. He served as the Board Chair from 2000-2003 and completed his service to the District in Dec 2007.
In 1998, Colonel and Mrs. Hardesty established the David Lamar Vincent Memorial Army ROTC Scholarship at Washington State University to provide financial support to the most outstanding sophomore cadet pursuing a commission in the United States Army as a student/cadet in the Army ROTC program. The scholarship is in memory of their nephew who passed away from cancer in 1993.
Colonel Hardesty and his wife Jan currently reside in Steilacoom, Washington.