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Support Airman of the Week: Mr. Martin

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

James Martin, 82nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron health promotions program coordinator and native of Burkburnett, Texas, has been with the Air Force for 16 months as a government employee after serving 20 years in the United States Navy. Martin is the Support Airman of the Week at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, for the week of Dec. 6-12, 2016.

 

Most significant accomplishments:  

 

“I was able to help make the greatest step forward in healthy living by assisting with the transition to a tobacco free medical facility and a complete restructure of designated tobacco areas on Sheppard Air Force Base,” Martin said. “I also created a comprehensive health coalition with the Wichita County Public Health Department to include tobacco use and nutrition. As a previous smoker of 25 years, I know how impossible it feels when trying to quit – my greatest reward is when I help someone achieve that dream.”   

 

Airman’s story:  

 

“I grew up in the small town of Burkburnett, and I wanted to see the rest of the world, so I joined the United States Navy as a Corpsman,” Martin said. “After retiring from the Navy, I wanted to try my hand in the ‘civilian world’ but that did not last very long. I quickly found my way into Civil Service and it just feels right being back with the military.”

 

“I still have the distinct honor of serving our wonderful country,” he said. “My amazing wife constantly supported me throughout my military career and now it is great to be able to support her in her endeavors. Our most treasured time is spent traveling and exploring the country together in our RV.”

 

Commander’s comments:

 

“Mr. Martin exemplifies the 82nd Training Wing’s mission as he is dedicated to training and inspiring warriors,” said Lt. Col. Stephen Wolf, 82nd AMDS commander. “His position as the Health Promotions Program Coordinator for the 82nd AMDS empowers him to utilize proven behavioral modification techniques to directly influence today’s warriors on the benefits of making healthy choices. These actions ultimately create a healthier environment for Airmen to achieve their specific goals.

 

“He also produces educational documentation, health promotion campaigns, and uses community engagement to ensure the base populace is exposed to effective tools to improve or maintain their wellness,” he said. “Without question, Mr. Martin is a critical asset to 82nd AMDS as we strive to prevent disease and optimize performance for those at Sheppard Air Force Base.”