Lieutenant Colonel Steve “Pappy” Martin joined Check-6 in June of 2013 bringing over 26 years of Army and Air Force leadership, safety, risk management, logistics and team building experience. He grew up travelling around the United States while his father was active duty Navy and finally settled in south Louisiana for junior high through college at Southeastern Louisiana University. He put himself through college working summers in the south Louisiana oilfield and graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science and Management and Finance. Just prior to graduation, he was commissioned as an Army Aviation Officer. He attended Flight School at Ft Rucker Alabama and was qualified in the Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter.
Pappy’s first assignment was with Bravo Company, 23rd Task Force in Germany as a Flight Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer and a Brigade Logistics Officer. During this assignment, he deployed to Operations Desert Storm and Provide Comfort moving an entire Aviation Brigade to northern Iraq and southern Turkey to conduct combat operations. After returning to the continental United States, he transferred over to the US Air Force.
During his Air Force career, Pappy flew over 3200 flight hours in the UH-1H “Huey” and MH/HH-60G “PAVEHAWK” helicopters performing Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) and Special Operations missions. His deployments included operations in Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Italy, Bosnia, Albania, Qatar and Afghanistan. He performed duties in numerous leadership positions during these assignments including:
- Mobility Flight Commander responsible for moving Rescue Squadrons from the US to operations in Europe and Southwest Asia
- Squadron Training Officer ensuring all personnel are properly trained in each crew position and ready to deploy for combat operations
- Wing Flight Safety Officer ensuring safe flight and ground operations in the US and deployed locations
- Instructor/Evaluator Pilot, Operations Group Chief of Rotary Wing Standardization/Evaluation and HH-60G Program Manager at the Air Forces Rescue and Special Operations schoolhouse.
Pappy attained his ultimate goal of commanding a flying squadron at a classified location in charge of 120+ personnel and all flight/ground operations at three geographically separated locations. He then moved to Langley Air Force Base Virginia to Air Combat Command headquarters and served as the Chief of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) branch ensuring that congressionally mandated base closure and realignment actions were completed throughout the United States. Pappy was then selected and deployed to the Combined Air Operations Center in Qatar to serve as the Chief of the Joint Personnel and Recovery Center supervising all rescue operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. His career culminated as the Deputy Operations Group Commander, 58th Operations Group at Kirtland Air Force Base New Mexico.