LIEUTENANT COLONEL NOMA C. MARTINI
LTC Noma C. Martini graduated with honors from the University of California at Berkeley in 1996 with Bachelors of Arts in History and in American Studies. Upon graduation, LTC Martini was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry with Distinguished Military Graduate status.
LTC Martini was assigned to the 4th ROTC Region at Fort Lewis, Washington, where he served as a Tactical Officer until attending the Infantry Officer Basic Course (IOBC) at Fort Benning, Georgia. LTC Martini also attended the Infantry Mortar Leader’s Course, Ranger School and the Bradley Infantry Officer Leader’s Course prior to his assignment to the National Training Center (NTC), 2nd Squadron of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Irwin, California, in June 1997. LTC Martini served as an OPFOR Motorized Rifle Company Commander, an Anti-Tank Commander, and Executive Officer of Headquarters and Headquarters Troop.
Upon receiving an Aviation branch transfer, LTC Martini attended the Aviation Officer Basic Course, Initial Entry to Rotary Wing Course, and the UH-60 Qualification Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama, immediately followed by the Aviation Captain’s Career Course and the Combined Arms Service and Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. LTC Martini returned to the NTC to perform duties as the Executive Officer and UH-60 Flight Platoon Leader at the NTC Aviation Company until September 11, 2001 when he was reassigned to 2nd Battalion (Air Assault), 10th Aviation Regiment, at Fort Drum, New York.
LTC Martini deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom–IV and served as the Battalion assistant operations officer in Kandahar, until selected to command Charlie Company (Special Missions/ Air Assault), 2-10 Aviation Regiment at Bagram Airfield in support of Combined Joint Task Force-180. Upon redeploying, LTC Martini was reassigned to the National Training Center to serve as an Assault Company Trainer/Observer Controller, a Division Planner for Operations Group and Commander of the NTC Aviation Company. During this tour of duty, LTC Martini earned a Master in Business Administration from Embry Riddle University.
After attending the Army’s Commanding Generals Staff College/Intermediate Level Education, LTC Martini served as the Brigade Aviation Officer for 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia. Upon redeploying from Operation Iraqi Freedom-VII, LTC Martini was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia where he served as the Executive Officer for the general support battalion.
Following a fellowship with the Defense Advance Research Programs Agency’s (DARPA) as a Service Chief Program Fellow where he focused on emerging unmanned aerial vehicle technologies and programs, LTC Martini was selected to serve as the Department Head and Professor of Military Science of the University of Florida’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) battalion. LTC Martini took command 2nd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 10th Mountain Division on 13 June 2014.
LTC Martini earned pilot in command status on the UH-60 A/L Blackhawk, OH-58 A/C Kiowa and is rated on the LUH-72A Lokata. He accumulated over 1,200 incident and accident free flight hours, over 300 simulator hours, and over 250 combat flight hours.
LTC Martini’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (one oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (three oak leaf clusters), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Expert Infantrymen Badge, Senior Army Aviator Badge, Army Aviator Badge, Army Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and the coveted Ranger Tab.