PROSPECT — Dean Martin has been named the new executive director of the Friends of Fort Knox and the Penobscot Narrows Bridge & Observatory.
Martin assumed his duties this week. He retired from active duty Army last August as a lieutenant colonel, having served more than 24 years.
Originally from Wiscasset, Martin enlisted during Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and was assigned to Fort Knox, Ky., for basic training. He began his military career as a combat medic at Fort Carson, Colo., and deployed to Somalia in 1994 before entering the Green to Gold program and returning to the University of Maine at Orono to finish his degree in psychology.
Martin graduated in May of 1996, was commissioned as an officer through ROTC and married a week later. He served at various installations including Fort Irwin, Calif., and Fort Riley, Kan., as an aeromedical evacuation (MEDEVAC) pilot with combat zone deployments to Kuwait and Iraq.
In 2007, Martin earned a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Baylor University and was assigned to several hospital administrator positions in Germany, Fort Belvoir, Va., and most recently at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe Healthcare Facility in Belgium.
Martin is a decorated combat veteran with a total 24 years of service. His awards include the Iraq Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Meritorious Service Medal (4th Award), Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (5th Award), Presidential Unit Citation and National Service Ribbon.
Prior to accepting the Fort Knox director position, Martin was finishing a Healthcare Administration Fellowship at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. He currently lives in Orland with his wife and three children and enjoys woodworking and outdoor activities.