Secretary of Defense appoints Martin to Advisory Board

Rep. Grier Martin has been appointed by U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to a three-year term on the Reserve Forces Policy Board.

The 20-member board serves as an independent advisor directly to the Secretary of Defense on strategies, policies and practices intended to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of military reserve forces from all branches. The board is comprised of both military and civilian members and is chaired by retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Arnold L. Punaro. Other newly appointed members of the board include Gary E. (Gene) Taylor, former member of Congress; Retired Vice Adm. John G. Cotton, former chief of the Navy Reserve; Paulette M. Mason, Delaware chair, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve; John Nagl, president of the Center for a New American Security; Sergio A. Pecori, president & chief executive officer of Hanson Professional Services Inc.; Maj. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth, adjutant general of New Jersey; retired Maj. Gen. Leo V. Williams III, former deputy commanding general, Marine Corps Combat Development Command; Maria J. Vorel, disaster operations coordinator, Federal Emergency Management Agency; retired Gen. John W. Handy, former commander of U.S. Transportation Command and Air Mobility Command.

“I am honored to receive this opportunity to help strengthen the work of the nation’s military reserves,” Rep. Martin said. “Reservists play a critical role in our nation’s defense and it is important that we constantly look for ways to improve their effectiveness.”

Martin has served in the Army Reserve since 1991 and deployed to Afghanistan in 2002 while on active duty.

In the General Assembly, he founded the bipartisan Military Veterans Caucus and is a past chairman of the House Homeland Security, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee. He has been honored by the Disabled American Veterans, the National Guard Association of the United States and the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina for his work on legislation on behalf of service members and veterans.

Martin is a lawyer who has served in the General Assembly since 2004. His district covers central Wake County.  As he serves on the Reserve Forces Policy Board, he will continue to serve in the House of Representatives.

The Department of Defense press release is available here.  The Reserve Forces Policy Board website is here.

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