Air Force general to address ROTC graduates

Author: Shannon Chapla

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Gen. Gregory S. Martin, commander of the Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base inOhio, will deliver the Commissioning Ceremony address toUniversityofNotre Dame ROTCstudents at9 a.m.Saturday (May 14) in theJoyceCenter.

Martin is a four-star general, master parachutist and command pilot who flew in 161 combat missions in Southeast Asia and has commanded the 67 th Tactical Fighter Squadron, the 479 th Tactical Training Wing, and the 33 rd and 1 st fighter wings.He also has served as vice director of the Joint Staffs Force Structure and Resources Directorate, director of operational requirements, and principal deputy to the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition.Before assuming his current position, Martin served as the commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Allied Air Forces inNorthern Europe.

A 1970 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Martin earned his masters degree in business management fromCentralMichiganUniversityin 1977.His military education includes the Air Command andStaffCollege, National Security Management and theNationalWarCollege.

Martins many personal decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Distinguished and Superior Service Medals, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Medal of Commander of Order and Valor, Gold Medal of Merit, Legion of Honor, Cross of Merit, and NATO Meritorious Service Medal.

A total of 81 officers from Notre Dames ROTC unitsthe Army, 20; the Air Force, 35; the Navy, 24; and the Marines, 2will be commissioned.

* Contact: * _Maj. William Zimmerman, assistant professor of aerospace studies, 574-631-4674, wzimmerm@nd.edu _

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