As part of the Leaders in Action lecture series hosted each term by the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Maj. Gen. W. Thomas Rice Center for Leader Development, retired Gen. Gregory Martin, U.S. Air Force will speak to the entire corps on Thursday, Dec. 5. 

His talk will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Burruss Hall auditorium, located at 800 Drillfield Dr. This event is open to the public and no tickets are required.

Martin retired in 2005, with 35 years of military service. His final assignment was Commander, Air Force Material Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. In this position he commanded 80,000 military and civilian personnel and oversaw research, development, test and evaluation, and provided acquisition management and logistics support for all Air Force weapon systems.

Martin graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1970 and earned a masters degree in business management from Central Michigan University in 1977. He is a command pilot with more than 4,600 flying hours in aircraft including the F-4, F-15, C-20, and C-21. Martin also flew 161 combat missions in Southeast Asia.

He is currently the chair of the National Academies Air Force Studies Board, which serves as a convening authority for the discussion of the development and application of science and technology for the Air Force.

Martin’s son, Capt. Tyler Martin, U.S. Air Force is a Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus who earned a degree in apparel, housing, and resource management from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences as well as a minor in leadership studies from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Rice Center for Leader Development in 2008. The summer 2013 issue of the Corps Review includes a story by Tyler Martin about his experiences since graduating from the corps.

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