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Dr. James B. Martin Bio

Dr. James B. Martin serves as Dean of Academics and Professor at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Ft. Leavenworth KS. After 16 years at the CGSC, he plans to retire this summer.

Dr. Martin holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in American History from The University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Kentucky. He is a member of the academic honorary society of Phi Kappa Phi. Between his time at the CGSC and civilian universities, he has participated in well over 100 master’s-level committees and six doctoral dissertation committees.

Dr. Martin was one of the main logistics planners for VII Corps during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and returned to CGSC to teach corps level logistics after the war. He served as the Operations Officers of the Regimental Support Squadron of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Germany and the Deputy Commander of the 501st Corps Support Group in the Republic of Korea.

After retirement from the Army in 1997, he served Baker University as the Director of Instruction and Friends University as Associate Dean and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. He was the Associate Dean of Academics at CGSC for 10 years.

Dr. Martin spends time researching and writing in two different areas of academic endeavor. As an historian, he is focused largely on the 19th Century and the study of irregular warfare in the Civil War and the American Indian Wars. As an adult educator, he is focused on the administration of adult and accelerated education programs to include faculty development, curriculum development, and academic assessment. In recent years he has spent considerable time working with foreign militaries to foster improvement in the professional military education. His engagements include militaries from Italy, Saudi Arabia, Mozambique, Botswana, South Africa, Rwanda, Myanmar, Singapore, Vietnam, New Zealand, and Brunei. He works with the African Military Education Program (AMEP) and Partnership for Peace (PfP) in creating and presenting professional military education opportunities for a variety of countries.

Dr. Martin’s latest books are The Third War: Irregular Warfare on the Western Border, 1861- 1865 and African American War Heroes. He has also written numerous book chapters on adult education and articles in both the fields of History and Adult Education.

The following summary of Dr. Martin's book is from the Amazon website:

Detailed profiles bring stories of African American heroism in the U.S. armed forces to life, from the American Revolution through the conflict in Afghanistan. Shares 80 detailed biographies of African Americans who earned their nation's highest medals for valor. Covers both well-known and more obscure individuals throughout U.S. military history. Offers 10 sidebars on important African American segregated units and critical events pertaining to African American participation in the military. Includes an introductory essay to provide a conceptual framework for students. Features a fact box at the top of each entry to provide at-a-glance information about the recipient and his/her award(s).

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