Former MacDill Commander Earns His Star

July 9, 2010, Col. Larry Martin, 6th Air Mobility Wing Commander, shakes hands with Col. Dennis Beatty, 6th Medical Group Commander, during a change of command ceremony where Col. Lenny J. Richoux assumed command of the 6th Air Mobility Wing and MacDill AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph L. Swafford Jr.)

A former MacDill commander is among the 40 newest Air Force Brigadier Generals nominated by the president for Senate approval.

Congratulations to  former 6th Air Mobility Wing Commander, now Brig. Gen. Lawrence Martinand to his wife Julia who served at MacDill until July 9, 2010.

I am indebted to the former MacDill Air Force Base commander.  Martin is the one who approved Air Force SMSgt. Rex Temple to do a radio series with me while Temple was deployed in Afghanistan. Then Col. Martin even stood in and did an interview with me one week when Temple was unavailable due to a mission.

MacDill AFB former commander Larry Martin is in line to become a brigadier general.

So, Martin deserves some credit for the year-long series, My Last Tour, which helped connect Tampa’s vast military and civilian community to the daily challenges and small victories experienced by deployed military members.

Air Force Col. Lenny Richoux assumed command at MacDill and Martin moved from MacDill to become Deputy Director-Military J5/4, United States Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.

Martin is originally from Minnetonka, Minn. He’s a 1985 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy where he also taught. He’s also graduated from the U.S. Air Force Squadron Officer School, the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the U.S. Air War College.

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