Daniel P. Martin's term ended on July 2, 2021.
RDML Martin is a 1991 graduate of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he earned a B.B.A. in Accounting and an officer commission through Georgia Tech’s NROTC unit. RDML Martin completed flight training in Meridian, MS, in December 1994. He earned his Joint Qualified Officer (JQO) designation at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA and a Master of Arts Degree in International Security Affairs from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI.
Operationally, he has served in numerous strike fighter squadrons flying the FA-18 Hornet. His fleet assignments include a junior officer tour with the Dambusters of VFA-195, forward deployed in Atsugi, Japan and a department head tour with the Wildcats of VFA-131. RDML Martin was the commanding officer of the Bulls of VFA-37. Post deployment, the Bulls earned the 2010 CNAF Battle ‘E’ and the CAPT Michael J. Estocin Award, the Top Hook Award for cruise and the 2010 Retention Excellence Award. He was the air wing commander (CAG) at Carrier Air Wing EIGHT in 2015-2016. Following deployment, CVW-8 and CVN 77 won the “Jig Dog” Ramage Award, which recognizes the air wing – aircraft carrier team with the best performance as an integrated unit and excellence in Navy carrier operations.
Ashore, RDML Martin served as an FA-18 instructor pilot and Landing Signal Officer (LSO) with the Gladiators of VFA-106 and as a demonstration pilot with the US Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels. He served as the narrator (#7), the opposing solo (#6), and the lead solo and operations officer (#5) for the 2001 through 2003 show seasons. RDML Martin has held four staff officer assignments: a joint / international assignment to Headquarters, Supreme Allied Command Transformation, congressional liaison for all naval aviation programs at the Navy’s Office for Legislative Affairs in Washington, DC, and Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans, and Strategy (OPNAV N3/N5) in the Pentagon. Most recently, he served as the Executive Assistant to the Commander, US Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, VA.
He is entitled to wear the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal and various unit and campaign awards. RDML Martin has accumulated over 4,600 flight hours and 750 carrier-arrested landings.