New NDU President

By Dan Dupont / July 11, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Army Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin is the new president of the National Defense University, according to an NDU release.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Gen. Martin Dempsey presided over the change of command ceremony at NDU, located at Ft. Lesley J. McNair in Washington.

From the release:

Major General Gregg F. Martin previously served as 48th Commandant of the Army War College from 2010-12.

A 1979 West Point graduate, he is a career engineer officer who has served globally in peace and war from Platoon Leader to Commanding General (CG).

As a company grade officer, he served from 1980-85 in the Cold War defense of Europe in the 94th and 79th Engineers, 18th Engineer Brigade. Following company command, he earned master’s degrees in Civil Engineering and Technology Policy at MIT from 1986-88.

After serving as a Recruiting and Admissions Officer at West Point from 1988-91, he earned a Masters in National Security Studies at the Naval War College, and also completed his Ph.D. at MIT in Engineering Management and Public Policy with a dissertation on strategic leadership and organizational change (1991-92).

At Fort Lewis, WA, from 1992-95, he served in I Corps and the 864th Engineers and deployed on a short tour with JTF-Bravo in Central America, conducting stability and humanitarian support operations.

Assigned to the Department of Social Sciences at West Point, he taught American Politics, International Relations and National Security Studies from 1995-97.

He commanded the Fightin’ 5th Engineer Battalion at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, from 1997-99, where his Sapper-Scouts supported the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (Brave Rifles!).

After earning a Masters of Strategic Studies at the Army War College, he joined the faculty and taught leadership and management from 2000-02.

He commanded the 130th Engineer Brigade (Sappers In!), in support of V Corps and CJTF-7 from 2002-04, which included deploying the Brigade from Germany to Kuwait, the ground offensive from Kuwait to Baghdad, and leading a 13,000-man joint-multinational brigade during the first year of the Iraq War.

He then served as Deputy G-3/5/7, of 7th Army and US Army Europe from 2004-05.

Next he served as CG of the Northwest Division, Army Corps of Engineers from 2005-07, which included civil works, disaster response, military construction and environmental programs across a 12-state region from Washington to Missouri, as well as service on the Mississippi River Commission as a Presidential appointee.

From 2007-08, he served as Commandant of the US Army Engineer School and Regiment, and then as CG of the US Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood, from 2008-10, educating, training and developing leaders; as well as capability and force development.

He deployed to Kuwait in January 2010 where he served as Deputy CG of 3rd Army and U.S. Army Central in support of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and throughout the CENTCOM AOR.