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Colonel DEAN B. MARTIN

Colonel Dean B. Martin, Jr. is the Commander of the 189th Airlift Wing, Arkansas Air National Guard, Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas. The 189th Airlift Wing hosts the C-130H Formal Training Unit, graduating combat-ready aircrew in all crew positions from basic qualification to instructor, including the Enlisted Aircrew Academic School. He commands over 1100 Airmen across 4 Groups and 11 Squadrons providing combat ready Airmen for ongoing global military operations and responds to domestic emergencies for the Governor of Arkansas.

Colonel Martin was born in Opelika, Alabama and graduated from Memphis State University, Memphis, Tennessee in 1991 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering Technology. He was commissioned a second lieutenant after completing Reserve Officer Training  Corps  at  Memphis  State  University  in

August, 1991. Colonel Martin left Active Duty and joined the Arkansas Air National Guard in 2004. He served as a C-130 evaluator pilot, Operations Group Executive Officer, Wing Plans Officer, 189th Logistics Readiness Squadron Commander, 189th Maintenance Squadron Commander, and 189th Operations Group Commander prior to assuming command of the 189th Airlift Wing. He has accumulated more than 5000 flying hours in the C-130. Colonel Martin has flown missions in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, JOING GUARDIAN, JOINT FORGE, ENDURING FREEDOM, and civil relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina.  He was promoted to the grade of Colonel on August 12, 2016.

EDUCATON
1991 Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering Technology, Memphis State University, Memphis, Tennessee
2000 Squadron Officer School, in residence
2001 Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Science, Embry Riddle University 2004 – Air Command and Staff College, Correspondence
2012 Air War College, Correspondence

ASSIGNMENTS
September 1992 – October 1995, Communications Computer Officer, Offutt AFB, Nebraska
November 1995 – December 1996, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, 47th Flying Training Wing, Laughlin AFB, Texas and VT31 Corpus Christi NAS, Texas
January 1997 – August 1999, C-130 Aircraft Commander/Plans & Deployment Officer, 50th Airlift Squadron, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas
September 1999 – February 2001, C-130 Instructor Pilot/Flight Commander, 50th Airlift Squadron, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas
March 2001 – June 2002, C-130 Evaluator Pilot/Chief Squadron Scheduling, 50th Airlift Squadron, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas
July 2002 – July 2004, C-130 Evaluator Pilot/Chief Squadron Scheduling, 53rd Airlift Squadron, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas
August 2004 – July 2007, C-130 Evaluator Pilot, Arkansas Air National Guard, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas
August 2007 – March 2009, Operations Group Executive Officer, Arkansas Air National Guard, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas
April 2009 – July 2010, Wing Plans Officer, Arkansas Air National Guard, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas
August 2010 – December 2011, Logistics Readiness Squadron Commander, Arkansas Air National Guard, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas
January 2012 – February 2013, C-130 Evaluator Pilot, Arkansas Air National Guard, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas|
March 2013 – August 2016, Maintenance Squadron Commander, Arkansas Air National Guard, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas
August 2016 – June 2019, Operations Group Commander, Arkansas Air National Guard, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas
June 2019 – Present, Commander, 189th Airlift Wing, Arkansas Air National Guard, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Senior Pilot
Flight Hours: More than 5,000 Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-44, C-130E/H

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Combat Readiness Medal

National Defense Medal with one service star Antarctica Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with one service star Kosovo Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal with one service star
Humanitarian Service Medal

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
National Guard Association of the United States
National Guard Association of Arkansas

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant August 9, 1991
First Lieutenant December 12, 1993
Captain December 12, 1995
Major September 1, 2002
Lieutenant Colonel April 21, 2009
Colonel August 12, 2016

(Current as of June 2019)