The Martin family’s military heritage harkens back more than ten generations to 1776 when Private Daniel Martin enlisted in the 1st New Jersey Infantry Regiment and fought the British during the American Revolution, including service at Valley Forge. Major General Martin graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1983 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Armor. His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course (Cavalry Track), the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, the Naval College of Command and Staff, and the Army War College. He holds a Masters Degree in National Security & Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College, and a Masters Degree in Business from Webster University.
His command experience includes Commander, C Company, 2d Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, Federal Republic of Germany; Commander, 1st Squadron, 10th U.S. Cavalry Regiment (BUFFALO SOLDIERS), 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq; Commander, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq; Commander, Operations Group (COG), National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California; Commandant & 45th Chief of Armor, U.S. Army Armor School, Fort Benning, Georgia; and as the 73rd Commandant of Cadets at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. Beyond command, Major General Martin has served in a wide variety of staff and leadership assignments including duty in the 1st Armor Training Brigade, Fort Knox, Kentucky; the Combined Arms Command-Training, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Advisor to the Imam Mohammed bin Saud Brigade and later the Prince Sa’ad bin Abdul Rahman Brigade, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Deputy Chief of Staff, G3, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq; Joint Improvised Explosive Device-Defeat Task Force as the Iraq Field Team Leader, Baghdad, Iraq; and Human Resource Command, Alexandria, Virginia, as Armor Branch Chief and Chief of Combat Arms Division.
Major General Martin assumed duty as the Commanding General of the National Training Center & Fort Irwin, California, on February 21, 2013. Major General Martin’s awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with two oak leaf clusters), Bronze Star Medal (with “V” device and two oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (with six oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with oak leaf cluster), and the Army Achievement Medal (with five oak leaf clusters). Additionally, he has earned the Combat Action Badge and Parachutist Badge. Major General Martin is a proud member of the 10th U.S. Cavalry Regiment (BUFFALO SOLDIERS) and is the recipient of the Order of Saint George, the Order of Saint Barbara, and Order of Saint Maurice.