Col. Rich Martin hails from Morehead City, North Carolina. Upon graduation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 1995, Martin received a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Aviation Branch.
After Initial Entry Rotary Wing training and the OH-58D qualification course at Fort Rucker, Alabama, Martin was assigned as a platoon leader in the 4th Squadron, 7th U.S. Cavalry, Camp Stanton, Korea, and later, platoon leader and battalion S2, 1st Battalion, 82nd Aviation Regiment, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Martin commanded D Troop, 1st Squadron, 10th U.S. Cavalry, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, ultimately deploying to Operation Iraqi Freedom in2003. After troop command, Martin served as the plans officer and battalion S3 for 1st Battalion, 291st Regiment (Aviation, Training Support). Upon promotion to major, he attended the AH-64D Qualification Course with an assignment as the first brigade Aviation officer in the newly formed 4th IBCT, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. Martin later served as an infantry battalion military transition team chief in the Diyala Province during OIF 06-08. In 2008, Martin returned to Fort Hood to serve as the brigade executive officer of the 21st Cavalry Brigade and then as the battalion executive officer of 4th Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division returning to OIF 09-10. During this deployment, Martin led an independent Aviation task force from the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, responsible for replacing a Marine aircraft group and leading all Army Aviation operations in the expansive Al Anbar province. Martin then attended the Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies. In July 2012, Martin returned to Fort Riley as the deputy G3, 1st Infantry Division. In April 2013, Martin assumed command of the 601st Aviation Support Battalion in the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division until April 2015.
Following battalion command, Martin served as the Aviation Logistics Division Chief for the DCS, G4, HQDA. While on the Army staff, he was the principal planner and writer for the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Holistic Aviation Assessment Task Force. In 2016, Martin returned to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to attend the Army’s Advanced Strategic Leadership Studies Program at SAMS, and served as a seminar leader and instructor for the Advanced Military Studies Program. In July 2018, Martin assumed command of the Aviation Center Logistics Command at Fort Rucker.
Martin’s military education includes the Aviation Officer Basic Course, the Aviation Captain’s Career Course, the Combined Arms Staff Services School, the Command and General Staff College/Intermediate Level Education and the School of Advanced Military Studies Advance Military Studies Program as well as the Army’s Strategic Leadership Studies Program.
Martin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Arts in Business and Organizational Security Studies from Webster University and two Masters of Military Arts and Sciences from the School of Advanced Military Studies.
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