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Jim L. Hartlage

Jim Hartlage is a native of southern Ohio.  An avid outdoorsman, he soon became an expert on both the historical and modern aspects of firearms.  Jim received his undergraduate degree from Marshall University in 1971 and his master's degree from Duke University in 1974.  He served the Commonwealth of Virginia for over 30 years in enforcement and investigations.  During his career, he assisted the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with various complex cases.

Jim has vast experience as a hunter education instructor with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and as a 4-H volunteer leader in their shooting sports programs.  He has earned instructor credentials in five different NRA disciplines, became a 4-H shooting team coach, achieved senior and master instructor status as a hunter education instructor and served as a hunter education coordinator for more than ten years.  Jim is a member of the National Rifle Association, the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association (where he is a former state representative), and the Virginia Muzzle Loading Rifle Association (where he served three years as the state president).  Jim joined VJSA in 2008 as a firearms instructor and personal safety consultant in the Public Safety Division.

James B. Atwell

James Atwell currently serves the Commonwealth of Virginia as an investigator.  He possesses a master’s degree from Virginia Tech.  James served the United States Army for over 20 years and retired with the rank of captain.  James served as the Company Commander of the 760th Engineer Company and as a Combat Engineer Platoon Leader in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004.

James has a numerous marksmanship and leadership history in his civilian and military careers. He is a member of the National Rifle Association and participates in various other community organizations. James is certified in concealed handgun, military marksmanship, range operations instruction, primary and advanced leadership development and has significant training in emergency management and public safety. He joined VJSA’s Public Safety Division in 2011.