January 26, 2022
Charles (Chuck) Hartung has been named section manager and education coordinator at the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site located in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Hartung retired in 2021 as director of the White House Medical Unit after completing a 37-year career in the U.S. Navy. He spent his first eight years in the Navy operating nuclear reactors on board aircraft carriers and teaching at the Naval Nuclear Power School before transitioning into nursing. During his nursing career, he has held a wide variety of clinical and leadership roles in both inpatient and outpatient healthcare settings. These include various roles at the White House during the last four presidential administrations.
In his new position at REAC/TS, Hartung will provide management, nursing leadership and education coordination for courses REAC/TS offers.
“We are thrilled to have someone with Chuck Hartung’s extensive background and proven track record joining REAC/TS,” said REAC/TS Director Carol Iddins. “Both his medical and military experience will help REAC/TS continue to serve as a world-renowned, U.S. Department of Energy asset and a leader in emergency medical response to radiological/nuclear incidents, providing emergency response and subject matter expertise on the medical management of radiation incidents for the National Nuclear Security Administration.”
Hartung earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida and his master’s degree from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.
REAC/TS is an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education facility managed by ORAU for the U.S. Department of Energy with the mission to strengthen the medical response to radiological and nuclear incidents. REAC/TS provides 24/7 medical support and deployment to provide emergency medical consultation for incidents involving radioactive materials and ionizing radiation worldwide. REAC/TS also conducts ongoing research into the biological effects of radiation and provides continuing medical education for healthcare providers, other professionals and students.
The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) asset that is dedicated to enabling critical scientific, research, and health initiatives of the department and its laboratory system by providing world class expertise in STEM workforce development, scientific and technical reviews, and the evaluation of radiation exposure and environmental contamination.
ORISE is managed by ORAU, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, for DOE’s Office of Science. The single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, the Office of Science is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.osti.gov.