Brig. Gen. Michael E. Martin is the Deputy Commanding General for NATO Special Operations Component Command and Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan. He is the Principal Advisor to the Commanding General pertaining to joint and combined special operations forces, military operations and sensitive special activities throughout Afghanistan, as well as supports all air, ground and special operations forces assigned to NSOCC/SOJTF-A. He exercises full authority to act upon all matters of command interest and formulates policy procedures that facilitate effective employment of NSOCC/SOJTF-A assets. Furthermore, he coordinates with Operation Resolute Support headquarters, adjacent and subordinate commands, other US forces, foreign military and other governmental agencies.
Brig. Gen. Martin graduated from Texas A&M University as a ROTC distinguished graduate and was commissioned in the Air Force in December 1992. He began training as an Air Traffic Control Officer in November 1993. In 1998, he was accepted into the Combat Control training pipeline. Throughout his training and operational career, he acquired skills as a combat diver, joint terminal attack controller, master static line and military freefall parachutist—eventually earning both German and Irish parachutist wings.
Brig. Gen. Martin has led Special Tactics and Special Operations Forces during operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn and participated in joint combat missions during Operations Anaconda in 2002 and Phantom Fury during the second Battle of Fallujah in 2004. Brig. Gen. Martin developed and executed combat tactics, techniques and procedures for the Iraqi counter-scud mission in support of the 2003 invasion. Brig. Gen. Martin also commanded the 21st Special Tactics Squadron on two deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan in 2008 and 2009. After squadron command, Brig. Gen. Martin was assigned to Headquarters Air Force as the Chief of Checkmate and Director of the Air Force Pakistan and Afghanistan Coordination Cell. Upon completion of the National War College, Brig. Gen. Martin led the 724th Special Tactics Group as Deputy Commander then Commander. He then served as the Deputy Commander for Special Operations Command Africa and was subsequently selected as the 24th Special Operations Wing Commander. Prior to his current position, the general was the director of Air Force Resilience, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response and Suicide Prevention Office at the Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Virginia.
1992 Bachelor of Science, Texas A&M University
2000 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2001 Master of Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Fla.
2007 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2011 National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
1. May 1985 – May 1986, Student, Electronic Warfare Technician, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.
2. June 1986 – May 1987, Technician, 51st Component Repair Squadron, Osan Air Base, South Korea
3. June 1987 – July 1989, Technician, 81st Aircraft Generation Squadron, RAF Bentwaters, U.K.
4. November 1993 – February 1994, Student, Air Traffic Control, Keesler AFB, Miss.
5. March 1994 – June 1995, Student, 20th Operations Support Squadron, Shaw AFB, S.C.
6. June 1995 – July 1997, Flight Commander, 47th Operations Support Squadron, Laughlin AFB, Texas
7. August 1997 – July 1998, Deputy Chief, Airspace & Air Traffic Control, 16th Air Force, Aviano AB, Italy
8. August 1998 – December 1999, Student, Combat Control pipeline training, Lackland AFB,
9. December 1999 – September 2001, Flight Commander, 21st Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Army Airfield, N.C.
10. September 2001 – January 2004, Chief, Weapons and Tactics, 720th Special Tactics Group, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
11. Feb 2004 – July 2006, Director of Operations, 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope AAF, N.C.
12. July 2006 – June 2007, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
13. June 2007 – July 2009, Commander, 21st Special Tactics Squadron, Pope AAF, N.C.
14. Aug 2009 – July 2010, Chief, Checkmate, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va.
15. Aug 2010 – June 2011, Student, National War College, Washington, D.C.
16. June 2011 – June 2012, Deputy Commander, 724th Special Tactics Group, Pope Field, N.C.
17. June 2012 – July 2014, Commander, 724th Special Tactics Group, Pope Field, N.C.
18. July 2014 – July 2016, Deputy Commander, Special Operations Command Africa, Stuttgart, Germany
19. July 2016 – March 2018, Commander, 24th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
20. March 2018 – April 2019, Director, Air Force Resilience, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response and Suicide Prevention Office, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va.
21. April 2019 – present, Deputy Commanding General, NATO Special Operations Component Command and Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 2014 – July 2016, Deputy Commander, Special Operations Command-Africa, Stuttgart, Germany, as a colonel
2. April 2019 – present, Deputy Commanding General, NATO Special Operations Component Command and Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan, as a brigadier general
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Distinguished Presidential Unit Citation
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 8, 1993
First Lieutenant June 8, 1995
Captain June 8, 1997
Major Nov. 1, 2003
Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 1, 2007
Colonel July 1, 2012
Brigadier General Aug 3, 2018
(Current as of August 2019)