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Maj Gen John Batrum

Washington DC July 8, 2022 – Lt. General Robert Miller, the Surgeon General of the Air and Space Forces was the officiating officer for the pin-on ceremony of Major General John J. Bartrum.  

Gen Bartrum is the Mobilization Assistant to the Surgeon General of the Air and Space Forces and most senior Air Force medical officer in the Air Force Reserve.  Further, he is the most senior Medical Service Corps (MSC) officer currently serving in the Air Force, the first MSC General in the Air Force Reserve… and only the second MSC officer in the history of the Air Force to achieve this rank.   

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Veterans Gold Medallion Press Release

Washington DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh recognized Brightstar Innovations Group as one of the 835 recipients of the 2022 HIRE Vets Medallion Award during a virtual award ceremony presented by U.S. Department of Labor.

Brightstar Innovations Group earned the gold award after applying earlier this year. The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act (HIRE Vets Act) Medallion Program is the only federal award program that recognizes employers who successfully recruit, hire, and retain veterans. Click for more

Brightstar Innovations Group, LLC, Chief Executive Officer (Brig Gen John J. Bartrum) Awarded Defense Superior Service Medal

Arlington, VA. – On 10 August 2021, Brig Gen John J. Bartrum, Chief Executive Officer of Brightstar Innovations Group, LLC was awarded the Secretary of Defense, Defense Superior Service Medal by Lt General Robert Miller, the Air Force and Space Force Surgeon General, at the Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia. 

The Defense Superior Service Medal (DSSM) is a military decoration of the United States Department of Defense that is presented to United States Armed Forces service members who perform superior meritorious service in a position of significant responsibility.

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CEO (Brig Gen John J. Bartrum) Awarded AHA Federal Healthcare Executive Award for Excellence

22 April 2021 //  Arlington, VA. – On 21 April the American Hospital Association awarded Brig Gen John J. Bartrum, Chief Executive Officer of Brightstar Innovations Group, LLC its 2020 Federal Healthcare Executive Award for Excellence.

The AHA award recognize uniformed and non-uniformed federal health care leaders who have
distinguished themselves through significant or innovative achievements and leadership that
have contributed substantially to the mission of the federal health systems. John will be honored during AHA’s Federal Roundtable.

“All aspects of the federal health system serve thousands of patients each year and have done so much over the years to save lives, perform miracles and keep people healthy,” said AHA
President and CEO Rick Pollack.

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CEO (Brig Gen John J. Bartrum) Returns from 220-Day Service in COVID-19 Leadership Role

Return of John J. Bartrum, CEO

5 November 2020 //  Brightstar Innovations Group, LLC announced the return of CEO John J. Bartrum.  Brig Gen Bartrum was a by-name request to serve the Deputy Incident Manager for the government-wide COVID-19 response with the US Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Dr. Robert Kadlec Deputy. 

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Fellow -- National Academy of Public Administration

28 September 2020 //  Brightstar Innovations Group, LLC today announced that John J. Bartrum, Chief Executive Officer has been selected by the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) for inclusion in its 2020 Class of Academy Fellows.

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Brightstar Innovations Group, LLC, CEO Co-Author of major NAPA COVID Pandemic Report for Policy Makers

Washington DC, April 11, 2022 –  John J. Bartrum, CEO of Brightstar and National Academy of Public Administration Fellow was a significant author and contributor NAPA COVID-19 Pandemic report.

John noted the collaboration with a variety of experts who share diverse opinions was a worthy effort.  He stated “it was a wonderful opportunity to work with a long-time friend and former colleague Dr. Ken Kizer.  

“The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted both strengths and weaknesses in the nation’s ability to respond to a novel global infectious disease threat,” said Kenneth W. Kizer, MD, MPH, and Richard Callahan, DPA, Co-Chairs of the Academy Working Group on the Intergovernmental Dimensions of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Academy Fellows.

About NAPA: Chartered by Congress to provide non-partisan expert advice, the Academy is an independent, non-profit, and non-partisan organization established in 1967 to assist government leaders in building more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations.

NAPA COVID Press Release April 2022


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How to Build More Resilient, Diverse, and Secure Supply Chains to Ensure U.S. Economic Prosperity and National Security April 20, 2021

By John Bartrum, CEO of Brightstar Innovations Group, LLC, and Academy Fellow

On February 24, 2021, President Biden with a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders, announced an Executive Order (EO) “to address an issue of both concern to our economic security, as well as our national security: the resilience and reliability of our critical supply chains”[i].

The recent stress on the logistics system has been unprecedented. Since the start of the pandemic, the strain COVID-19 put on the medical supply chain from raw materials to finished product, and distribution was not similar to a hurricane, earthquake, tornado, or wild fire. Nor was it like several of these calamities all occurring at one time. Furthermore, the response effort is beyond even the scope of a dirty bomb or terrorist chemical attack in multiple US cities at the same time.

The pandemic is a global war with each country racing to get the same logistics stocks, raw materials, and distribution channels all at the same time.

The COVID-19 pandemic was one of the first mass whole-of-nation mobilizations in modern memory for most Americans. The COVID-19 pandemic has handed us the chance to massively stress test our logistics systems in the heat of the fire, see how it responds and require us to make real time adjustments. If we seize on this opportunity, it will make both our logistics system more resilient, diverse, and secure for the U.S. and markets around the world.

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Brightstar Innovations Group, LLC, CEO Awarded National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP) prestigious President’s Award

10 March 2021 //

Arlington, VA. – The National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP) presented its prestigious President’s Award to Brig Gen John J. Bartrum, Chief Executive Officer of Brightstar Innovations Group, LLC during its 2021 Annual Conference (virtual event).   

The NPIAP President’s Recognition Award was created in 2013 and is presented to an individual who has made special contributions to NPIAP and to the field of pressure ulcer prevention and treatment.


John was honored and humbled to receive such a prestigious award.  He noted “it is an honor to partner with NPIAP to promote efforts to reduce human suffering and reduce the cost of health care through prevention and improved treatment of pressure injuries.”


We are proud of John’s achievement and pass along our congratulations for his leadership role on pressure injuries over the years.


The Brightstar Innovations Group, LLC is a values based small disabled veteran owned business engaged with an elite group of clients using our expertise to partner in solving their challenges with innovative solutions.


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Brightstar CEO Interviewed by Mary Kurek of Frontrunners Innovate

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23 May 2021 // 

Frontrunners Innovate interviews people with big ideas aimed at solving quality-of-life problems are Frontrunners.  They are Frontrunners because they are “in front and out front” of the issues that plague our world.   Listen to the Frontrunner interview with John Bartrum, Brightstar Innovations Group LLC CEO.



Our CEO's Case Study Article on Innovation Published by National Academy of Public Administration

13 Jan 2021 // by John J. Bartrum, CEO Brightstar Innovations Group & NAPA Fellow

Dr. Deming noted “…it is necessary to innovate, to predict needs of the customer.” During the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have seen yet again how necessity is the mother of innovation.


History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes. Technology advances have been used to address many human challenges experienced throughout history. Infectious diseases can be propagated by bacteria, viruses and other things you cannot see. For example, smallpox used to kill millions.


In 1796, Edward Jenner decided to try an experiment that resulted in a new technology: a vaccine for smallpox. Sir Alexander Fleming harnessed the power of nature to establish the single greatest victory over disease in the 1920s with the discovery of penicillin.


Technological advances have impacted how we treat illnesses, but does not change the fact that infectious diseases have the potential to make people sick, or as in 1918 and 2020, threaten the entire human race. It is only through innovation that we can both reduce and overcome these real threats.



To Read More: Innovation Supports Federal COVID-19 Response: A Case Study on Short-term Results and Sustainment Thoughts