Chief Warrant Officer Five Cartwright is one of few American Soldiers who have served their country in combat multiple times over. He has served in combat during the Vietnam War (Pieiku), the Gulf War (Saudi Arabia), OPERATION UPHOLD DEMOCRACY (Haiti), and the OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM (Afghanistan). Among his many significant accomplishments is his service as the Senior Food Advisor, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Casey, Republic of Korea. There he spearheaded the first food service 100% inventory (cooking capacity, energy usage, etc.) of the 2nd Infantry Division food service cooking equipment and saved the Command over $1.5 million dollars by replacing large cumbersome food preparation equipment with small commercial cooking equipment reducing food, energy, and associated item costs. While serving as the Senior Food Advisor, 25th Infantry Division (Light), he created the first Department of Defense Annual Installation Joint Food Service Training Symposium, which brought the civilian food service industry, and the joint community, together for the implementation of Subsistence Prime Vendor program for Hawaii. It also spearheaded the introduction of commercial feeding concepts within the Army.
Chief Warrant Officer Five Cartwright served with distinction in a wide array of enlisted and warrant officer positions culminating as the Senior Food Advisor, 18th Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In this position he was lauded for his superb food service leadership in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM which covered areas of operation in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Pakistan, Qatar, and Uzbekistan. There, he enhanced the quality assurance inspections and enriched mentorship training for deployed units throughout the Theater of Operations resulting in significant improvements in day-to-day logistics operations, operational readiness, and increased Soldier health and morale. Chief Warrant Officer Five Cartwright is a Distinguished Member of the Quartermaster Regiment and is a member of the honorable and distinguished Order of Saint Martin.