September 2017 Luncheon Speaker
Commander Dustin Martin was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Norwich University Military College of New England and was commissioned an Ensign through NROTC. Following flight training, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in April 1993.
Following initial P-3C training with Patrol Squadron THIRTY, Commander Martin joined the White Lightnings of Patrol Squadron SEVENTEEN (VP-17), NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. After completing one deployment to Diego Garcia and the disestablishment of VP-17, Commander Martin reported aboard Patrol Squadron NINE (VP-9) conducting two deployments to the FIFTH Fleet and SEVENTH fleet AORs. During his tour with VP-17 and VP-9, he served as the Public Affairs Officer, Anti-Submarine Tactical Officer, Weapons Officer, and Assistant Training Officer, while qualifying as Patrol Plane Tactical Coordinator (TACCO), Mission Commander, and Instructor TACCO.
In December 1997, Commander Martin reported to Commander, Task Group SEVENTY TWO POINT TWO, Kadena, Japan. During this tour he served as Battle Watch Captain and Operations Officer.
In April 2000, Commander Martin next reported aboard Patrol Squadron Special Projects Unit ONE, based at NAS Brunswick, Maine. During this tour, he served as Flight Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and Training Officer. Additionally, he qualified as Special Projects Sensor Coordinator, Mission Commander and Fleet NATOPS NFO Evaluator. While assigned, he conducted numerous worldwide detachments in support of the Global War on Terror to include combat missions over Afghanistan.
In June 2003, he reported to the Red Lancers of VP-10 for his Department Head Tour. While assigned, he completed a Caribbean – North Atlantic – Mediterranean deployment and served as the Tactics Officer, JIATF-East LNO, and Operations Officer.
In June 2005, Commander Martin reported to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing TWO, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii as the Tactical Support Center Officer in Charge (TSC OIC). As TSC OIC, Commander Martin supported numerous exercises to include Terminal Fury and RIMPAC 2006 and 2008. During this tour, CDR Martin completed his Joint Professional Military Education with the Naval War College Distance Education program.
In September 2008, He next reported to COMUSNAVCENT/FIFTH Fleet as Current Operations Officer where he executed coalition and U.S. led deliberate crisis planning and synchronized operations across four lines of operation. He also was selected to lead the creation of an integrated Battle Watch Center designed to improve the Commander’s ability to direct forces at the Operational Level of War.
In September 2009, he was assigned his last active duty assignment as War Game Director and Military Professor in the War Gaming Department, Center for Naval Warfare Studies, US Naval War College, Newport, RI. While assigned to the Naval War College,
June 2010, Commander Martin was awarded the degree of Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies with Distinction form the United States Naval War College.
In September 2013, Commander Martin retired from active duty after 22 and a half years of service.
In August 2016, Commander Martin took the position of Senior Naval Science Instructor, Naval Junior Reserve Officer Corps, Grove City High School.
Commander Martin’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (four awards, one with Combat V), Air Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal, along with various unit and campaign awards.