FLHS grad celebrates his 20th year of service to U.S. Coast Guard

Lt. Todd Hartfiel has reached a milestone in his military career, celebrating 20 years of service to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The 1989 graduate of Forest Lake High School is the son of Hale and Roberta Hartfiel of Stacy. Lt. Hartfiel plans on continuing his service for the full 30 years. Over the past two decades, he has been stationed in Marathon, FL; Atlantic Beach, N.C.; Niagra Falls, NY; Corpus Christie, TX; St. Petersburg, FL; Yorktown, VA; and Miami, FL.

He is currently stationed in New London, CT where Lt. Hartfiel is the Commanding Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Station. The primary mission is ports, waterways and coastal security. Establishing security zones and enforcing protection zones in the USN military assets along the Thames River.

A secondary mission includes maritime law enforcement with approximately 150 boardings and 100 search and rescue cases per year. There are 63 active duty members, 18 reservists and nearly 30 Auxiliary members assigned to Station New London.

Some of the personal awards that Lt. Hartfiel has received are: four Coast Guard commendation medals and two Coast Guard achievement medals, with many other team awards.

He is married to Carrie Hartfiel who was also a member of the FLHS Class of 1989. The couple have two children; Justin, 17, and Hayley, 14.

Their son is in the process of enlisting in the Coast Guard and should be going to boot camp next summer. Justin is very excited to join and can’t wait to be in a the sam