Commander, U.S. Army Garrison Okinawa
Lieutenant Colonel Eric A. Martinez was born in Mayaguez and reared in Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico. He received a regular Army commission from ROTC from University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, earning honors as a Distinguished Military Graduate.
Previous assignments for Lieutenant Colonel Martinez include Assistant Brigade S-1, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade and Commander, 25th Adjutant General Company (Postal), 17th Area Support Group, Camp Zama, Japan; Chief, Testing Management and Operations Officer, Oklahoma City Military Entrance Processing Station, Oklahoma; Commander, Bravo Detachment, 546th Personnel Services Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas; Strength Manager, 13th Corps Support Command, Fort Hood, Texas; Corps Strength Manager, III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas; Officer Distribution Manager, United States Army Human Resources Command, Alexandria, Virginia; Casualty Operations Officer, Office of The Adjutant General, Alexandria, Virginia; Commander, San Juan Military Entrance Processing Station, Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico; Liaison Officer, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel & Readiness), Pentagon, Washington D.C.; and Director of Personnel, J1, Special Operations Command South, Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida. Prior to his current assignment, he served as Deputy G1/C1 (Forward) for Third Army/United States Army Central, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
Lieutenant Colonel Martinez's military education includes the Chemical Officer's Basic Course, Adjutant General Officer's Advanced Course, Postal Supervisor's Course, Human Resources Management Course, Technical Escort School, Airborne School, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Command, General and Staff College, the Organizational Leadership for Executives Course, the Joint Advanced War Fighting School, and the Garrison Leaders Course. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Inter American University of Puerto Rico and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Nazarene University of Oklahoma.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (w/two OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (w/one OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (w/five OLC), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Army Superior Unit Award, Navy Meritorious Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (w/one Bronze Star), Army Service Ribbon, Navy Sea Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (w/numeral 3), the Parachutist Badge, the Secretary of Defense Staff Identification badge, and Colombian, El Salvadoran, Chilean, Brazilian, Canadian, Mexican, and Ecuadorian Parachutist Badges.