Colonel Marcus R. Hatley received his commission as a Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Chemical Corps in 1985 at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. COL Hatley served continuously in various staff and command assignments culminating as the Arkansas National Guard Counterdrug Program Coordinator from Jun 2011 until May 2015. On 15 Nov 2015 COL Hatley enlisted to continue his military career as a Cannon Crew Chief, HHB 142nd FA BDE and later transferred to the 436th Chemical Company, Texas National Guard and deployed to the Horn of Africa with 1/141 Inf Regiment, San Antonio TX. Colonel Hatley retired 19 Nov 2019 after serving more than 34 years in the National Guard.
COL Hatley worked as the Senior Representative for Military and Veteran Affairs, office of the Arkansas Attorney General from April 2015 to April 2016 and Aug 2019 to present. Hatley coordinates with local, County, State, and Federal partners to advocate on behalf of Active Military, Guardsmen, Veterans and their Families.
Hatley’s assignments included but not limited to: Cannon Crew Chief, Battalion CBRN NCO, Brigade Chemical Officer, 142nd Field Artillery Brigade during Operation Desert Storm Desert Shield; Service Battery Commander 2/142nd Field Artillery Battalion; Commander & Deputy Commander 61st Civil Support Team (WMD); Mobilization Officer, Arkansas Army National Guard; Executive Officer 87th Troop Command; Deputy J3/State Operations Officer and Counterdrug Officer Arkansas National Guard.
Hatley received bachelor’s degrees from the University of Arkansas Dale Bumpers School of Agriculture and Excelsior College. He also received a Master’s degree from the U.S. Army War College. Some of Hatley’s various certifications include Criminal Analyst, HAZMAT Technician First Responder, OSHA Confined Space, OSHA Environmental Sampling, Installation Emergency Manager, FEMA Advanced Incident Command and General Staff, Joint Substance Abuse Prevention.
Some of Colonel Hatley’s military education includes the Army War College, Command and General Staff Course, Combined Arms Services Staff Course CAS3, Field Artillery Officer’s Advanced Course, Chemical Officer’s Basic Course, Defense Nuclear Weapons Course, Technical Escort Course, CBRN Joint Senior Leaders Course, CBRN Installation Emergency Management Course, CBRN Advanced Leaders Course.
COL Hatley received several medals and awards: Some of his decorations include: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Ribbon, Armed Forces Service Medal, National Defense Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Saudi Medal, Liberation of Kuwait Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Medal.
COL Hatley is a Master Mason, St Johns Lodge 329, State of Arkansas, active member and Past Vice Polemarch Little Rock Alumni, Kappa Alpha Psi; a member of American Legion Post 74 and a VFW Life member.
COL Hatley is married to Sandra Hatley. They have four children – Darnika Ingram, Stephen Hatley, Marcus Hatley II, and Madison Hatley, a Sophomore at North Little Rock High School in North Little Rock, Arkansas.