CDR Benjamin Martin
Commander Benjamin “Frenchy” Martin was born and raised in Esneux, Belgium. In May 1999, he graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering and was commissioned an Ensign. In September 2001 he earned his Wings of Gold in Meridian, Mississippi as a Naval Aviator and received orders to the Greyhawks of VAW-120 at NS Norfolk, Virginia, for training in the C-2A Greyhound.
In 2002, Commander Martin joined the Rawhides of VRC-40 and deployed in 2003 with Carrier Air Wing EIGHT aboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) in the Eastern Mediterranean for OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. As a Rawhide, he quickly made Aircraft Commander, received his Airwing Qualified designation as a Landing Signal Officer, and was selected in 2005 as C-2 Pilot of the Year (Sea). Following his tour at VRC-40, he returned to the Greyhawks of VAW-120 where he served from 2005 to 2008 as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot and a Training Qualified Landing Signal Officer.
In September of 2008, Commander Martin reported to Ft Jackson, South Carolina for training before deploying to Iraq on a Global War on Terrorism Support Assignment as Deputy J-5 Director for the Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component in support of both OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. Following this tour, he attended the Army’s Command and General Staff College in Leavenworth, Kansas where he completed Joint Professional Military Education Phase I and earned a Masters of Arts degree in International Relations from Webster University.
Commander Martin was selected for Department Head as a C-2A Officer in Charge and reported in September 2010 to VRC-40 where he immediately stepped in as the squadron’s Maintenance Officer. In May 2011, he was placed in charge of the first forward deployed C-2A Detachment in support of a foreign carrier, French Carrier CHARLES DE GAULLE participating in OPERATION UNIFIED PROTECTOR in Libya. From August 2011 to June 2012, he served as Officer in Charge of VRC-40 Detachment FIVE attached to Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN aboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) and completed a WESTPAC/Fifth Fleet Combat deployment.
In December of 2012, Commander Martin was handpicked to serve as SACEUR/Commander EUCOM’s Deputy Executive Assistant (EA) in Mons, Belgium. In May of 2015, he assumed the full duties as SACEUR’s EA and guided the staffs during their response to the Ukraine and Syrian Crises.
Selected for Command, Commander Martin first assumed the role of Executive Officer for Navy Recruiting District (NRD) Ohio in March of 2016 and eventually fleeted up to Command in July of 2017 leading NRD Ohio to earn the Recruiting “R” for recruiting excellence for the first time in over a decade. In April of 2019, he reported to USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) as its Operations Officer and led the crew from the Maintenance phase to the Advances phase of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan in preparation for a deployment to the South China Sea. In 2019, he was selected by his peers as the recipient of the Navy and Marine Association Leadership Award. Commander Martin reported to the United States Naval Academy in May of 2021as an Instructor and Associate Chair in the Political Science Department.
He is married to former Katherine Tozer from Annapolis, Maryland. They have two children, Lucie and Eliot. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Crops Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and numerous other unit and personal citations and awards. He has accumulated over 2,100 flight hours and 200 carrier arrestments in the T-34C, T-44A, T-2C, E-2C and C-2A.