CDR Joseph S. Martin
Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center
Commander Martin is a native of Gig Harbor, Wash. He enlisted in the Navy in April 1987. Upon graduation from Nuclear Power School, he applied for and was awarded a NROTC scholarship.
CDR Martin was commissioned in August 1992 from University of Washington. His first tour was aboard the USS Ford (FFG-54) as Navigator and later Main Propulsion Assistant and conducted a deployment to the Arabian Gulf and attained his Surface Warfare Officer designation. In January 1995, he exercised his Ocean Option and transferred to the METOC community. In June 1995, he reported to the Naval Pacific METOC Center/ Joint Typhoon Warning Center Guam serving as CDO and METOC services Officer.
CDR Martin next reported to the Air Force Weather Agency at Offutt AFB in Omaha, Neb. In October 2000, CDR Martin was then assigned to Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center in Monterey, Calif., where he served in a number of operational positions. While in Monterey, he also attended Naval Postgraduate School and received a Masters of Science degree in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography and Joint Professional Military Education Phase I in December 2004.
Upon graduation, CDR Martin was assigned onboard USS Essex (LHD-2), which was forward deployed from Sasebo, Japan. His duties included OA Division Officer and Staff Oceanographer for Amphibious Squadron Eleven, Legal Officer, and Officer of the Deck. Following this sea tour, he transferred to the Pentagon in June 2007 as an Action Officer in the Directorate of Expeditionary Warfare, Mine Warfare Branch (N852). In February 2010, CDR Martin reported to the Naval War College studies in Newport, R.I., earning a Masters of Arts in National Security Strategy and Joint Professional Military Education Phase II.
CDR Martin is authorized to wear the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (with 2 gold stars), the Air Force Commendation Medal, as well as various unit and campaign awards.