Charles W. Martin
LTC Charles W. “Bill” Martin, Jr. was the Chief of Standardization and Evaluation at the 192nd Fighter Wing, Virginia Air National Guard at Richmond International Airport.
He was an Instructor Pilot in the F–16C aircraft and in his civilian capacity is responsible for the tactical and instrument flying evaluations of all unit pilots. He is a Command Pilot with over 3,700 flying hours; all of which were accumulated in single-seat, single-engine jet fighters.
Bill was born July 20, 1947, in Petersburg, Virginia, and grew up in Colonial Heights, Virginia, graduating from high school there in 1965. He graduated from Randolph–Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in November 1970.
LTC Martin also graduated from the USAF Air Command and Staff College in 1990 and in 1996 was designated as an Outstanding Graduate from the USAF Air War College.
His military career began at Moody, AFB, Georgia where he attended USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training. Following graduation in February 1971, he was assigned to Tucson, Arizona, where he flew the F–100 Super Sabre. He was then assigned to McConnell AFB, Kansas, where he flew the F–105 Thunderchief. He was then assigned to the Virginia Air National Guard and continued to fly the F–105 for over 1,100 hours of flying time. He transitioned with the unit to the A–7 Corsair II in 1981 and accumulated over 1,400 flying hours before converting to the F–16 Fighting Falcon in 1991. As of April 2000, he had over 1,000 hours in the F–16C and has been deployed to Norway, Panama, Canada, England, Ecuador and Italy to participate in NATO Operation Decisive Endeavor over Bosnia.
LTC Martin‘s military decorations include Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Combat Readiness Medal with one Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, Armed Forces Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award with one Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with an Hourglass Device, Air Force Training Ribbon and Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon.
LTC Martin resides in New Kent, Virginia, with his wife, Laura, and their children, Alex, Jesse, Sara, and Ryan.
- 162nd Tactical Fighter Group, AZANG (F-100)
- 2/1971 UPT, Moody, AFB, GA
- 2/1971 Tucson, AZ (F–100)
- VAANG, McConnell AFB, KS (F–105 Thunderchief, A-7II Corsair, F-16 Fighting Falcon)
Operation Decisive Endeavor over Bosnia – deployed to Norway, Panama, Canada, England, Ecuador, and Italy.
Awards & Decorations
Meritorious Service Medal
AF Commendation Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Outstanding Unit Award with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Award with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Hourglass Device
Air Force Training Ribbon
Small Arms Marksmanship Ribbon
F–105 Thunderchief (1,100 hours)
A–7 Corsair II (1,400+ hours)
F–16 Fighting Falcon (1,000+ hours)
Military & Civilian Education
- 1990 USAF Air Command and Staff College
- 1996 USAF Air War College (Outstanding Graduate)
- 1965 HS, Colonial Heights, VA
- 1970 Randolph–Macon College, Ashland, VA