Air Commodore Gary Martin AM CSC
Air Commodore Gary Martin was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and completed 10 years’ service with the Air Force of Zimbabwe before immigrating to Australia in 1990 and joining the Royal Australian Air Force as a flying instructor at No 1 Flying Training School, RAAF Base Point Cook.
From 1993 to 2005 Air Commodore Martin had operational postings with No 36 Squadron and No 37 Squadron and completed several staff officer tours at Air Lift Group, the Royal Australian Navy Staff College, Headquarters Air Command and Air Force Headquarters.
From 2006 to 2008, Air Commodore Martin oversaw the successful introduction into Air Force service of the C-17A Globemaster through his postings as the Director Heavy Air Lift, Aerospace Development Group and the Director C-17 Transition Team, Air Lift Group.
In 2008 Air Commodore Martin was appointed Officer Commanding No. 86 Wing and in 2009, he served in the Middle East Area of Operations as the Air Component Commander for Australian forces in theatre.
From January 2011 to December 2013 Air Commodore Martin held the position of Commander Air Lift Group.
From January 2014 to December 2017 Air Commodore Martin held the position of the Air Attaché in Washington, DC.
In March 2018 Air Commodore Martin was appointed Director-General Cadets – Air Force.
Air Commodore Martin has accumulated 7000 operational flying hours on a number of fixed wing and rotary wing platforms.
Air Commodore Martin is a graduate of the Centre for Defence Strategic Studies at Weston Creek in Australian Capital Territory and the Royal Australian Navy Staff College at HMAS Penguin. He holds a Masters in Strategic Studies, a Bachelor of Accounting Degree and a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies.
As a result of his project work with the airborne operations role development of the C-130J-30, Air Commodore Martin was admitted as a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2005 Queen's Birthday Honours. For Air Commodore Martin's work as the Director C-17A Transition Team, he was granted the Conspicuous Service Cross in 2009.