Page County native promoted to Colonel in Virginia Army National Guard

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LTC Jennifer Rothgeb Martin poses after the Jan. 9 promotion ceremony at the Staunton Armory with her husband Matt and her daughter Mikaela.

~ PVN staff report

STAUNTON — On Jan. 9, Jennifer Rothgeb Martin was promoted to Colonel in the Virginia Army National Guard, Deputy Chief of Staff-Personnel. The Page County native received the promotion during a special ceremony held last month at the Staunton Armory.

LTC Martin is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel (G1) for the Virginia Army National Guard. She has 60 soldiers on her staff and is responsible for 7,200 soldier personnel actions.

LTC Martin enlisted in the Virginia Army National Guard in 1992 as a Petroleum Supply Specialist and was commissioned in 1997 as a Second Lieutenant in the Quarter Master Corps in the Regular Army through the James Madison University Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Following assignments with the 54th Quartermaster Company and the 49th Quartermaster Special Troops Battalion at Fort Lee, Virginia, LTC Martin again joined the Virginia Army National Guard in 2000. She became a full-time Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) National Guard Officer in 2003.

LTC Martin has held positions at the company, battalion, brigade, division and state level. From May 2007 to February 2008, she deployed to Baghdad, Iraq as the J1 (Human Resources Officer) for the Joint Area Support Group.

LTC Martin has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and the Iraqi Campaign Medal with bronze service star among others.

LTC Martin is a graduate of Bridgewater College, James Madison University, Liberty University with a masters degree in Management and Leadership, and the Resident United States Army War College with a masters degree in Strategic Studies.

LTC Martin, her husband Matt, and daughter Mikaela make their home in Afton, Va.

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