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Joseph M. Martin
Born December 29, 1962(1962-12-29) (age 60)
Place of birth Dearborn, Michigan, United States
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1986–present
Rank General
Commands held Vice Chief of Staff of the Army
1st Infantry Division
Fort Irwin National Training Center
United States Army Operational Test Command
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division
1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment
Battles/wars Gulf War
Iraq War
War against ISIL
Awards Army Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit (2)

Joseph Matthew Martin[1] (born December 29, 1962)[2] is a general in the United States Army who serves as the 37th Vice Chief of Staff of the Army. He previously served as the director of the Army Staff in Washington, D.C.[3][4] He assumed his current assignment as 37th Vice Chief of Staff on July 26, 2019.


A native of Dearborn, Michigan and the son of a Ford Motor Company executive, Martin graduated from Dearborn High School in 1981.[5] He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986.[1]

Martin earned a master's degree from the University of Louisville, and graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.[6]

Military career

After graduating the United States Military Academy, Martin 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 (1987 to 1990). 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, Kansas.[7]

Martin was assigned at the National Training Center and Fort Irwin in California as the Commanding General.[8] He participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom as the commander of 1st Battalion of the 67th Armor Regiment in the 4th Infantry Division. He was also the commander of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command Operation Inherent Resolve in Mosul in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL).[9][10][11][12][13]

Martin was the commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division from September 2016 to May 2018.[14][15][16]

In May 2018, Martin was nominated for promotion to lieutenant general and an assignment as the Director of the Army Staff.[17][17][18][19]

Awards and decorations

Joseph M. Martin is the recipient of the following awards:[20]

Combat Action Badge.svg Combat Action Badge
United States Air Force Parachutist Badge.svg Basic Parachutist Badge
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png Army Staff Identification Badge
Combat service identification badge of the 1st Infantry Division.svg 1st Infantry Division Combat Service Identification Badge
67 Armor Rgt DUI.jpg 67th Armored Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
ArmyOSB.svg 6 Overseas Service Bars
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
'C' Device.pngBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Legion of Merit with "C" device and oak leaf cluster
"V" device, brass.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Bronze Star with "V" device and two oak leaf clusters
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
"V" device, brass.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Army Commendation Medal with Valor device and two oak leaf clusters
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Valorous Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Superior Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Bronze-service-star-3d-vector.svgBronze-service-star-3d-vector.svgBronze-service-star-3d-vector.svg Southwest Asia Service Medal with three service stars
Bronze-service-star-3d-vector.svgBronze-service-star-3d-vector.svg Iraq Campaign Medal with two service stars
Bronze star
Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal with service star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 3.svg Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 3
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) ribbon.svg Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) ribbon.svg Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Joseph Matthew Martin". Retrieved 18 May 2018. 
  2. "Joseph Matthew Martin" Register of Graduates and Former Cadets, United States Military Academy 1986
  3. "HOMECOMING". Retrieved July 11, 2018. 
  4. Monica King (June 5, 2018). "Lt. Gen. Joseph M. Martin [Image 11 of 15"]. Dvids. Retrieved September 16, 2018. 
  5. "Dearborn Grad, Colonel Joseph M. Martin Leaves OTC". Dearborn Free Press. Dearborn, MI. April 16, 2013. 
  6. Baldor, Lolita (29 September 2016). "Joseph Martin named new Fort Riley commander to replace fired officer Wayne Grigsby". The Topeka Capital-Journal. Washington. 
  7. "Martin takes reins at CAC-Training". The Fort Leavenworth Lamp. Fort Leavenworth. 27 March 2014. 
  8. BG Joseph M. Martin, COL David S. Cannon, and LTC Christopher W. Hartline eARMOR (Oct-Dec 2015) Training To Win In A Complex and Uncertain World How to better use home station resources in preparation for Decisive Action Training at Fort Irwin
  9. Ferdinando, Lisa (19 April 2017). "Iraqi Forces Close to Liberating Western Mosul, OIR Official Says". DoD News. Washington. 
  10. "Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin announced as ‘Big Red One’ commander". 29 September 2016. Retrieved 22 February 2018. 
  11. Martin, Joseph (5 July 2017). Skype with Mary Louise Kelly. "In Iraq, Fight To Retake Mosul From ISIS Appears To Be In Its Final Stages". Morning Edition (Baghdad: NPR). 
  12. Laessing, Ulf (12 April 2017). "U.S. general sees progress by Iraqi forces in Mosul despite complicated battle". Reuters. Erbil, Iraq. 
  14. "Fort Riley Welcomes New Commanding General as 1st ID Prepares to Deploy". 
  15. "'Big Red One' honors outgoing commander, welcomes new senior leader back to Fort Riley". 18 June 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2018. 
  16. "Major General Joseph M. Martin". Retrieved 22 February 2018. 
  17. 17.0 17.1 "PN1970 — Maj. Gen. Joseph M. Martin — Army". 15 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018. 
  18. Hennigh, Sam (June 9, 2018). "Fort Riley says farewell to CG, welcomes replacement". KMAN Radio. Manhattan, KS. 
  19. "Congressional Record, Senate". Retrieved 8 July 2018. 
  20. "Major General Joseph M. Martin". Retrieved July 16, 2018. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Wayne W. Grigsby Jr.
Commanding General, 1st Infantry Division
Succeeded by
John S. Kolasheski
Preceded by
Gary H. Cheek
Director of the Army Staff
Succeeded by
Walter E. Piatt
Preceded by
James C. McConville
Vice Chief of Staff of the Army

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