Salvador A. Martinez
Chief Recruiter - NTAG Heartland
06 April 2022
Master Chief Petty Officer Martinez was born September 1, 1982 in Del Rio, TX. He graduated from Del Rio High School in May 2000 and enlisted in the Navy June 2000. He worked as a cook and a deliveryman from 15-17 years old before making his first major decision in life to join the United States Navy at age 17. At an early age, he was undecided on what career path he wanted to choose in the Navy so he willingly took on the task of enrolling in the Seaman apprentice program.
Upon graduation from RTC, Seaman recruit Martinez attended Seamen apprentice school for a duration of two weeks. During his two-week training, he received his four-year orders to USS Lake Erie, home ported in Hawaii.
Seamen Recruit Martinez checked onboard USS Lake Erie in October of 2000, where he learned many lessons while serving in 1st Division and ultimately decided the career path he wanted and struck electronic warfare. He then passed his 3rd class examination making him an EW3. Other accomplishments while onboard included qualifying ESWS, WCS and advancement to EW2.
After a successful tour onboard USS Lake Erie, he decided to take another challenging job as an instructor at Corry Station in Pensacola, FL. Petty Officer Martinez started as an instructor for shipboard operations where he instructed and graduated over 500 Sailors. Other accomplishments while at Corry Station included vice president of the petty officers association, master training specialist qualification, and dual qualification as an instructor (shipboard operations, Intermediate).
From December 2007 to December 2010, Petty Officer Martinez served onboard NIOC San Diego as a Deployer. While there, he supported USS Boxer (LHD 4) and USS Carl Vinson (CV 70) on a total of three missions as an information operations planner, LPO and an interpreter. While onboard the USS Boxer, he took the opportunity to qualify EAWS. While onboard NIOC SD, he was the first in his command to qualify Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist. He was also selected for senior sea Sailor of the year and was a TYCOM SOY finalist.
Upon completion of his NIOC SD tour, CTT1 requested to take on another challenging duty at NRD San Francisco as a recruiter. His first Navy recruiting station was NRS Antioch where he recruited successfully from February 2011 until December 2011. During this period, he completed his LPO qualification and was immediately given a station to run as an LPO. During his time at NRDSF, he served as a recruiter, LPO for NRS Vacaville, LCPO for NRS Santa Rosa then ultimately as the division leading chief petty officer for division 1. While onboard he was selected for the rank of chief petty officer and awarded division LCPO of the year.
NCC Martinez transferred to Navy Recruiting District New England in February 2015. While onboard he served as a DLCPO, temporary filled the OACR gapped billet, command fitness leader and the command trainer. It was here where he qualified assistant chief recruiter and promoted to senior chief petty officer.
Senior Chief Martinez transferred to Navy Talent Acquisition Portland on February of 2018, where he served as the director of personnel and operations and served as the chief recruiter for Navy Talent Acquisition Group Portland until April 2021.
NCCM Martinez is currently the chief recruiter of Navy Talent Acquisition Heartland as of May 2021.
He is currently attending Grantham University where he has completed his Associates of Arts in criminal justice. He has a lengthy record of community service to include Habitat for Humanity, Adopt a Highway, and various other programs proving himself a valuable role model to the youth and an ambassador of the USN.
Master Chief Martinez personal awards include: Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (3), Navy Achievement Medal (8), Good Conduct Medal (7), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and various unit awards and citations.