Three LSU ROTC Students to be Commissioned on Thursday, Aug. 8

08/07/2013 08:49 AM

BATON ROUGE – On Thursday, Aug. 8, three of LSU’s ROTC cadets will be commissioned at 2 p.m. at the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium in the Energy, Coast and Environment Building. At the ceremony, two of the cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants from the LSU Army ROTC program, and one will be commissioned as a second lieutenant from the LSU Air Force ROTC program.

Col. (Retired) Henry M. Martin, assistant professor at the Command General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., will be the guest speaker for the LSU ROTC 2013 Summer Commissioning Ceremony.

Martin was drafted in the United States Army in June 1972 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant from the Kansas Military Academy on June 11, 1977.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and math from the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff and a master’s degree in adult education and a Ph.D. in occupational education from Kansas State University.  

Martin initially served as a military policeman – an enlisted soldier.  After commissioning, he served as a platoon leader and the executive officer for Troop E, 114th Cavalry; company commander of Company A, 169th Corps Support Battalion; operations officer, Headquarters State Area Command (Kansas); commander, 105th Public Affairs Detachment; education services officer, battalion commander, Recruiting and Retention Command; director of Information Management for Joint Forces Headquarters (J6); and the commander of the 287th Sustainment Brigade.

During Martin’s 35 years of military service, he served as a commander as a lieutenant, captain, major, lieutenant colonel and colonel.  He also served as the national chairman for education services, Recruiting and Retention, and as a regional chairman for information management as a direct advisor to Chief of National Guard Bureau. Martin was also recognized by Chief of the National Guard Bureau and was awarded the “Minuteman Mike Award” for program excellence for each of these areas.

His awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3d award), Army Achievement Medal (2nd Award), Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (7th Award), Armed Forces Reserve Medal (2d Award), Army Service Ribbon, Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon and the Kansas National Guard Meritorious Service Ribbon.  

Martin’s military education includes Military Police and Corrections Officer Advanced Individual Training, Armor Basic Course, Adjutant General Basic and Advanced Courses, Army Officer’s Comptroller Course, Command and General Staff College, Recruiting and Retention Manager’s Course, and the U.S. Army War College.

Martin is married to the former Judith Winston, and they make their home in Topeka, Kan. He has five adult children, Alycia, Anastatia, Marion, Kristina and Klint.     

For additional information on the ROTC program or the commissioning ceremony, contact Linda Warmsley, assistant director of recruiting and enrollment in LSU’s Department of Military Science, at 225-578-2371 or 225-578-8988.

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013