With a huge picture of his late father nearby, the commander of the U.S. Armor School at Fort Benning was promoted from colonel to brigadier general today at the Benning Conference Center.
"I feel very honored to having been selected for brigadier general and more importantly, I feel honored that I can be promoted here at Fort Benning, the new home of the United States Army armor force," Brig. Gen. Ted Martin said. "I’m very excited."
Martin, 50, said his promotion in the frocking ceremony exceeded all his aspirations since he started his military career almost 28 years ago. He was the last person in his class of 117 at U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., to land with an armor unit in 1983.
"Here he is now the chief of armor," said Maj. Gen. Robert Brown, commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence.
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The star was pinned on his shoulders by his mother Joann, wife Stephanie and Brown in front of a standing room crowd at the center. Martin is able to wear the star but must wait for a vacancy to open because only a certain number of generals may serve in the position.
Benning will have more general officers on post as result of the Base Realignment and Closure. Martin is leading the effort to move the Armor School from Fort Knox, Ky., to Fort Benning, creating the Maneuver Center of Excellence. The move is expected to be complete by Sept. 15.
Martin’s promotion pushes the total to three generals in command positions on post, said Cindy Andruss, a public affairs specialist. He joins Brig. Gen. Bryan Owens, commander of the Infantry School, and Brown.
Martin has led the Armor School since July when he was selected as the 45th commander.
He is a 1983 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. His first company assignment was with the 1st Armor Training Brigade and the 194th Armored Brigade at Fort Knox. He has served in numerous armor units with assignments in Schweinfurt, Germany; Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; Fort Stewart, Ga.; Saudi Arabia; Alexandria, Va.; and Iraq.
From June 2001-2003, Martin commanded the 1st Squadron, 10th Calvary, 4th Infantry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom I in Iraq.
After returning from Iraq, he served as armor branch chief in Alexandria, Va., before returning to Iraq as leader of the joint improvised explosive device defeat task force during Operation Iraqi Freedom III.
Martin completed his third deployment to Iraq in 2007 when he assumed command of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, in Baghdad.
He is married to Stephanie and they have four children.