LOUISVILLE, KY (April 9, 2015) -- Like many of her predecessors, Col. Donna Martin had no experience in recruiting when she was selected to be the deputy commanding officer for U.S. Army Recruiting Command.She confessed that to Maj. Gen. Allen Batschelet when the USAREC commanding general called her earlier this year welcoming her to the team."He said, 'Great, that's exactly what I want. Somebody to come in and look at this organization from the outside and give me a fresh look, then tell me what you think and ask a lot of questions,'" Martin said.During her official welcome ceremony today at Fort Knox, Kentucky, Martin called it a tremendous honor to be a part of Team USAREC and is excited about the opportunity to serve in the command."I will give you 100 percent plus every day as we continue to accomplish our mission and ensure we have the right Soldiers representing our nation," Martin said. "Our Army has the great responsibility of ensuring our freedoms and way of life continues, which can only be met by recruiting the best and the brightest men and women our nation has to offer. Freedom's first line of defense begins right here at Fort Knox. I truly believe we are all a part of something bigger than ourselves -- and I will do my part to ensure we accomplish our destiny."Martin said her door will always be open, and she will always be willing to "get her hands dirty" in support of the mission."As former Secretary of State and General Colin Powell once said, 'A dream doesn't become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work,'" she said. "I look forward to contributing my sweat, determination and hard work along with you, as we accomplish our goals and put boots on the ground!"Martin has been a commander at every level and has served in military police units in the United States as well as Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Germany.Batschelet described Martin as a tested leader whose display of great energy and talents led to her being selected for many key assignments, preparing her for significant responsibility."Donna's diverse assignments have provided her with an incredible wealth of experience," Batschelet said."Only a dynamic leader who knows how to build a team while ensuring the very best quality of life for everyone under her command can compile a distinguished record such as hers," he said. "These assignments and senior command positions have more than prepared her to be USAREC's deputy commanding officer. USAREC is fortunate the Army chose to lend us this great leader. We will face the challenges and transitions of providing the Army's strength together."Martin was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Military Police Corps in 1988. Married 20 years, she and her husband, Chris, have a son, Christopher, at the University of Virginia.