Brig. Gen. Joseph M. Martin assumed responsibility as deputy commanding general of Combined Arms Center – Training March 14, an achievement officially celebrated with a ceremony March 21 at the Frontier Conference Center. He was joined by his wife of 25 years, Leann, their son and daughter, and leaders and soldiers of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth.
Martin comes to Leavenworth after serving as deputy commanding general (maneuver) of the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. He replaced Brig. Gen. Michael Lundy, who is now commanding general of the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker, Ala.
Lt. Gen. Robert Brown, commanding general of CAC and Fort Leavenworth, said he felt a disingenuous hosting the assumption of responsibility ceremony because he’s been tasking Martin for months now.
“He’s got solutions to tough problems already,” Brown said.
Brown said that CAC-T touches training across the Army.
“When you look at every level leader — platoon leader, company commander, all the way up through corps (and the) chief of staff of the Army — they’ve got to look a soldier in the eyes and say you are trained as good as I can train you, and you are trained and ready,” Brown said. “That does not happen without CAC-T.”
After receiving the CAC-T charter, Martin thanked his family, leaders of CAC and Fort Leavenworth, and his former leadership.
“Wow, what a great day it is to be a soldier,” Martin said. “Today I stand before you a humble man in awe of the responsibility you recently bestowed upon me. Leading CAC-T is clearly an honor and privilege for me and Leann and the rest of my family.”
Martin said he embraces the journey into uncharted territory and that he’s walking in the “steps of giants” who preceded.
“The results of this institution in this nation’s history are amazing and undeniable,” Martin said. “Given the future environment of uncertainty in our world today I do understand and realize what’s at stake, and I’ll remember that each day as I serve each of you in our Army.”
According to his biography, Martin graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in 1986 and was commissioned as an Armor officer. From 1987 to 1990, he served as a tank platoon leader, scout platoon leader, and company executive officer in the 1st Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment, in the 1st Armored Division. Upon graduation from the Armor Officer Advanced Course, he was assigned to 4th Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment in the 1st Infantry Division where he commanded Company B during Operation Desert Storm and at Fort Riley, Kan. He then commanded the 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, during Operation Freedom in Ba’Qubah, Iraq, and at Fort Hood. Martin commanded the 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, from Fort Riley, and deployed with that command to serve in northwest Baghdad, Iraq. Following brigade command, he became the chief of staff of III Corps at Fort Hood. From June 2012 to April 2013, Martin commanded the U.S. Army Operational Test Command.
Page 2 of 2 - Martin’s non-troop assignments include observer controller, Fort Irwin, Calif., instructor/writer and aide to commanding general, U.S. Armor Center at Fort Knox, Ky. He also served as a battalion operations officer, aide to the III Corps commanding general and brigade operations officer at Fort Hood, Texas. Additionally, Martin served as the Armor branch chief and chief of the maneuver, Fires and Effects Division at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command in Alexandria, Va. He also served as the initiatives group director for the commander, U.S. Forces Iraq and U.S. Joint Forces Command. Martin holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Louisville, and is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.
Martin’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal with “V” device. He also earned the Combat Action Badge and the Parachutist Badge.