Class Of 1964 USAF Academy

Rod's History


rod.jpg Born and raised in Laramie, Wyoming: First met classmate Ron Bliss while taking the Academy flight physical.

USAFA squadron at graduation: 23rd

Pilot training base: Reese (66A)

First assignment: F4C (backseat) qualification, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ

First operational assignment: F4C, 92nd TFS, Bentwaters, England (Feb 66-Oct 66)

480th TFS, Da Nang, RVN, 143 Combat missions (100 “North”) (Oct 66-Aug 67)

F-102 and F-106 qualification Perrin AFB, TX and Tyndall AFB, FL (67-68)

F-106 Operational Assignments:

498th FIS, Paine Field, WA (68)

84th FIS, Hamilton AFB, CA (68 – 72)

Interceptor Weapons School (IWS) Instructor, Tyndall AFB, FL (72-74)

USAF Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, CA (74-75)

475th Test Squadron, F-106, Tyndall AFB, FL (76-78)

1st Test Squadron, F4E, Clark AFB, PI (78-80)

Masters Degree – Systems Management

HQ AFOTEC, AIM-7M & AMRAAM IOT&E manager, T-33, Kirtland AFB, NM (70-74)

U.S. Navy War College, Newport, Rhode Island, (74-75)

Masters degree – National Policy and Strategic Studies

Air Defense Command Fighter Ops, NORAD/Space Command -

Cheyenne Mountain Deputy Command Director, Colo. Springs, CO (85-87)
Retired from USAF as a Colonel (87)

Raytheon Program Management staff, Bedford, MA (87-98):

AMRAAM Qualification Lot Flight Test Manager

AIM-9X IR&D Flight Test Manager

Classified Missile - Flight Test & Internal Development Programs Manager

EFOGM Demo. Flight Test Manager (Huntsville, AL)

Retired from Raytheon 1998

Rod currently resides in Los Lunas, NM with long-term companion, Nancy, and their animal friends.

Rod has two children. Both are Mechanical Engineers. Son, Randall lives near Montrose Colo. and daughter, Darcey, (married to Mike Clark - Class of 86) lives in Owings MD., with Mike and her two children, Joshua and Christa.

Hobbies and interests: Competitive & sport shooting, NRA and NM concealed weapon carry instructor, skiing, woodworking, and RV traveling.


Rodney L. Martin Col., USAF Ret.

March 2011
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