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FORCM (Retired) Laura A. Martinez transitioned from the United States Navy in October 2011 with over 32 years of active service.
FORCM (Ret) Martinez held various command executive leadership positions, but in her last four years of Naval service, she served as the 12th Force Master Chief and advisor to the Navy Surgeon General/Chief Bureau of Medicine and Surgery on enlisted issues. She also served as the Director, of the Hospital Corps overseeing all programs and policies on accession, training and utilization of over 26,000 active and reserve Hospital Corpsmen.
She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and currently is a student at Kaplan University. She also attended both the Navy and Air Force Enlisted Leadership Command Schools. She is the recipient of the 2009 Women of Color STEM Pioneer Award.
She is married to HMCS (Ret) Ismael “Marty” Martinez and they have two adult children: Joseph and Alyssia.