By U.S. ArmyJuly 5, 2017
Lt. Col. Bryan Martin assumed command of the U.S. Army Garrison Natick on July 6, 2017.
He was commissioned in 1999 as an infantry officer, serving in the 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division as a rifle platoon leader, heavy weapons platoon leader, and rifle company executive officer. He served in Kosovo/ Macedonia and then during the invasion of Iraq.
In 2003, he was assessed and selected for Special Forces. Upon graduating the Qualification Course, Bryan served as battalion assistant operations officer and Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha Detachment Commander for ODA 751 in 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, serving in Iraq. Upon completion of service as Aide-De-Camp for the Commanding General, US Army Special Forces Command, Bryan returned to 7th Group in 2008 with service in the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan's operations section and later as its' liaison to the International Security Assistance Forces' Headquarters.
Lt. Col. Martin returned to 7th Group in 2011 to standup its Fourth Battalion, serving initially as an executive office and then provisional commander during the establishment of the battalion. Bryan subsequently commanded that battalion's Bravo Company, deploying it as an Advanced Operations Base to Afghanistan.
He most recently served three years as an operations officer on the Joint Staff's Deputy Directorate for Special Operations and Counterterrorism.
Lt. Col. Martin graduated with distinction from the Naval Postgraduate School with a MS in Defense Analysis, and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy with a BS in Military History. His military schooling includes the Special Forces Combat Diver Qualification Course, Infantry Officers Basic Course, Airborne School, Ranger School, Air Assault School, Infantry Captains Career Course, Special Forces Qualification Course, Survival, Escape, Resistance, and Evasion (SERE)-Wartime and Peacetime/ Governmental Detention, Jumpmaster, and Navy War College-Monterey.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star (2 Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC) Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal ( 2 OLC), Combat Infantryman's Badge, Expert Infantryman's Badge, Master Parachutist, and British, Spanish, and Korean Airborne wings.