Warrior of the Week: Tech Sgt. David Martin

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Tech Sgt. David Martin, 71st Flying Training Wing command section information manager, "brings a wealth of IM experience to the front office," said Lt. Col. Bob Brumley, 71st FTW director of staff. "In the short time I've been here, Sergeant Martin has given nothing short of 100 percent to ensure the proper staffing of a vast amount of wing tasking suspenses."
A Hemlock, Mich. native, Sergeant Martin arrived at Vance Air Force Base nine months ago from Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Previous assignments during his 13-year career were at Royal Air Forces Mildenhall, England and Dyess AFB, Texas.
It while stationed at Dyess he met his wife, Tech Sgt. Namoi Martin, who works at the Vance command post. The couple, who have been married 11 years, are the parents of two daughters, Mikayla, 8 and Katrina, 5.
"I've been fortunate having assignments that provided me with experiences with a variety of IM duties," Sergeant Martin said. "I've worked in orderly rooms, distribution centers, conference services and with organizations such as safety and security forces. They all had unique requirements that provided learning opportunities."
The traveling enthusiast said his last assignment with NATO was his most interesting because he worked with military from other countries.
"I worked for the provost marshal office, they are the security forces for NATO, so I worked with people from all NATO member countries. It was interesting to see the differences in their operations."
Sergeant Martin has already put this IM experience to work saving money for Team Vance.
He saved more than $2,000 in resources by replacing serial port computer card readers with the new USB readers. He saved an additional $3,000 by reallocating computer resources in the headquarters office to eliminate excess inventory.
He also ensured the remaining inventory was working at peak performance. He fixed 26 short notice critical computer flaws and updated the wing alerting system and antivirus programs to help secure the base network.
Sergeant Martin cleared a 41-person information assurance training backlog 14 days early with a 100 percent on-time completion rate. As unit deployment manager, he ensured the readiness of wing staff agency people to deploy by updating training and other records in the deployment folders.
With an associate's degree from the Community College of the Air Force and a bachelor's degree from Excelsior College, one of Sergeant Martin's goals is pursuing a master's degree. Other goals are improving his fitness level and traveling the east coast.
An Enid homeowner, Sergeant Martin and his family are indulging their hobbies of traveling and camping by visiting nearby attractions such as the Alabaster Caverns, Roman Nose State Park and the Sod House.
"I like spending as much time as possible with my family. At every assignment, we like to get out and become acquainted with the local area," he said. "By doing that, we always have plenty to do no matter where we're assigned. It's just a matter of getting out and doing it."