Retired Sep. 1, 1989.
Major General Paul H. Martin is commander of Electronic Security Command and director of the Joint Electronic Warfare Center, both headquartered at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas. A major Air Force command, ESC's 13,000-plus members provide products and services to Air Force commanders in order to disrupt or degrade a potential enemy's command, control and communications systems. The command also develops countermeasures to protect United States command, control and communications systems, and advises combatant commanders on electronic warfare. The Joint Electronic Warfare Center provides comprehensive electronic warfare support to the secretary of defense, joint chiefs of staff and other requesting DOD agencies.
General Martin was born in 1936, in Akron, Ohio, and graduated from La Grange (Ky.) High School in 1953. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Western Kentucky State College in 1957 and a master's degree in management from Central Michigan University in 1978. The general completed Naval War College in 1977.
He received his commission as a second lieutenant through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program. After completing pilot training at Moore Air Force Base, Texas, and Greenville Air Force Base, Miss., the general flew KC-97 tankers with the 2nd Bombardment Wing, Hunter Air Force Base, Ga. In April 1960 he transferred to the 46th Air Refueling Squadron, K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base, Mich., where he flew KC-135 jet tankers for the Strategic Air Command.
The general was assigned to the 4152nd Strategic Wing, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, from July 1962 to June 1965. There he flew RC-135s and participated in Project Office Boy. He then was assigned to the 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. In May 1967 he moved to Yokota Air Base, Japan, with Detachment 1, 3rd Air Division. Six months later he was assigned to the 82nd Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, where he served as an aircraft commander in the wing Standardization Division, flying 103 RC-135 combat missions over Southeast Asia.
From September 1969 to November 1970 General Martin was assigned to the 314th Air Division, Osan Air Base, South Korea, as an operations staff officer. Upon his return to the United States, he served at SAC headquarters in the Strategic Reconnaissance Center as chief of the Electronic Warfare Branch, Offutt Air Force Base.
General Martin assumed command of the 305th Air Refueling Squadron at Grissom Air Force Base, Ind., in April 1974. He later served as deputy base commander and acting base commander at Grissom. In May 1975 he transferred to Shemya Air Force Base, Alaska, where he commanded Detachment 1, 6th Strategic Wing, until entering the Naval War College. After graduating in 1977, he was assigned to Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, where he served as chief of the Collections Management Division, J-2, for U.S. Pacific Command.
In July 1980 General Martin was assigned to Electronic Security Command, where he served as vice commander. The general became the National Security Agency's chief of tactical systems, research and engineering at Fort George G. Meade, Md., in September 1981. In February 1983 he was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., as deputy assistant chief of staff for intelligence. He assumed his present duties in April 1985.
The general is a command pilot with more than 6,000 flying hours. His military decorations and awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, National Defense Services Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with six service stars, Republic of Korea Order of National Security Merit Cheonsu Medal and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
He was promoted to major general Aug. 1, 1986, with same date of rank.