Major Orlando Martinez official photo in uniform with flag

MAJ Orlando Martinez

Instructor of Spanish

Desk Chief

orlando.martinez@westpoint.edu

Biography


MAJ Orlando Joel Martínez Kianez is from Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. He graduated from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico (Fajardo) earning a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (Early Childhood K-3) in June 2007. MAJ Martínez was a distinguished military graduate in the University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras’ ROTC program and earned his commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the Adjutant General branch with a branch detail in the Infantry branch. MAJ Martínez started his military service in the Puerto Rico National Guard as an Infantryman from 2002 to 2007. MAJ Martínez earned a Master of Business Administration at Fayetteville State University, North Carolina in May of 2017.

MAJ Martínez has completed several military courses during his time serving, but he is most proud of completing the Basic Airborne School in 2008 and the Advanced Airborne School (Jumpmaster Course) in 2014, earning the Parachutist and Senior Parachutist badges, respectively. During his 15 years of federal active-duty service, MAJ Martínez has performed as a mechanized infantry platoon leader (forward Iraq), assistant battalion S-3 (forward Iraq), battalion S-1 (forward Iraq & Garrison), brigade assistant S-1, battalion S-1, company commander (forward Iraq), infantry brigade combat team S-1 and brigade combat team, observer, coach & trainer (OC/T) S-1. MAJ Martínez’s most recent assignment was as an OC/T at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California.

MAJ Martínez’s duty assignments include Fort Benning, GA (four times), Fort Hood, TX, Fort Bragg, NC, Fort Drum, NY and Fort Irwin, CA. His military decorations include the bronze star medal, the meritorious service medal (1 x OLC), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (3 x OLC), the Iraqi Campaign Medal (bronze star), the Global War on Terrorism Service and Expeditionary Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Service Ribbon.

MAJ Martínez has been happily married for 24 years with Isabel Martínez (née Rodríguez) and together they have three children, Génesis (23), Orlando Isaac (21) and Dorcas (19), all current college students.

MAJ Martinez is considered one of the best baseball umpires of the Hudson Valley Umpires Association. He lives at West Point, New York with his wife, two dogs and cat, and among his hobbies are: umpiring baseball, working out (with emphasis on running) and reading about sports and military leadership.