Commander pins second star
January 30, 2009
- Fort Leonard Wood Commanding General receives second star
- Gen. Martin Dempsey presides over ceremony
Martin promoted to major general during Friday ceremony
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Jan. 29, 2009) - Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, Maneuver Support Center and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, received another star, Friday, in a promotion ceremony at Nutter Field House.
Gen. Martin Dempsey, Training and Doctrine Command commanding general presided over the ceremony.
"There is a handful of individuals that you come across in your career that leave an impression on you because of the passion they feel for their profession," Dempsey said. "Gregg Martin has always been one of those officers in our service who has this passion for his profession."
After crossing career paths a number of times, Dempsey said Martin continues to take on new challenges and responsibilities.
Martin said it is honor to serve with all of his peers and the community support on and around the installation is the best he has ever seen.
Martin said he didn't get to the level he is at today without a number of mentors who have been there for him - mean or not.
"You don't get to this level without the people above you; even the meanest, most ornery guys out there," Martin said. "You really have to learn from that; don't fight it."
Along with his mentors above him, Martin said it also couldn't have been done with those beside him - his first sergeants, platoon leaders and noncommissioned officers.
"A long time ago, I thought about getting out, and some really good NCOs told me not to leave. I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them," Martin said.
To a packed audience, Martin encouraged all Soldiers, civilians and community members to do their best - always.
"Look for the talent in others. If you see it in someone, encourage it. We are all leaders ... do your best to preserve the all-volunteer force that we have right now," Martin said.
Martin has been the Maneuver Support Center and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general since October 2008.