Topeka Woman To Lead National Guard Brigade

Lt. Col. Judith Martin
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A Topeka woman is set to become the first female commander of a Kansas Army National Guard brigade.

Lt. Col. Judith Martin of Topeka will take command of the 235th regiment in a ceremony July 20th at the Kansas Regional Training Institute in Salina.

The regiment instructs officer and warrant officer candidates. It provides military training to National Guard members in approximately 30 states.

Full release from Kansas Adjutant General's Office:

Lt. Col. Judith D. Martin, Topeka, will take command of the 235th Regiment, Kansas Amy National Guard, in a ceremony Saturday, July 20, 2013, at the Kansas Regional Training Institute, Building 365 Auditorium, 2929 Scanlan Ave., Salina, Kan. During the 2 p.m. ceremony, Col. Robert E. Windham, Junction City, will relinquish his command. Martin will become the first woman to command a brigade in the Kansas Army National Guard.

The 235th Regiment, located in Salina, instructs the Officer Candidate and Warrant Officer Candidate Schools (OCS/WOCS), and courses in many military occupational specialties. The regiment provides military training to National Guard members in approximately 30 states including members of the U.S. Army, Army Reserve, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps.

“It is my distinct honor to take command of the 235th Regiment,” said Martin. “I am excited for the opportunity to work with the outstanding cadre and staff as we prepare Soldiers for tomorrow's missions and future challenges. Returning to the 235th Regiment is like returning ‘home.’”

“I will miss the men and women of the 235th Regiment; Soldiers that have covered a lot of ground in the past few years,” said Windham. “Their hard work and dedication have earned a high degree of recognition and accreditation for the regiment. They are, quite simply, the ‘varsity team.’ They will be in the good hands of Lieutenant Colonel Martin, as someone who can take them to the next level.”

Lt. Col. Judith D. Martin

Lt. Col. Judith D. Martin began her military career in the U.S. Army serving in Headquarters, VII Corps, Stuttgart, Germany, and Headquarters, III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas, from 1980-1984; followed by service in the Texas Army National Guard for more than five years. Martin transferred to the Kansas Army National Guard and promoted to the senior noncommissioned ranks. She commissioned as an officer in 1992 at the Kansas Military Academy in Salina, Kan.

Her past assignments include battalion commander of the 1st Battalion, 235th Regiment (OCS/WOCS); deputy directorate of Joint Strategic Plans and Polices, Joint Forces Headquarters Kansas; deputy chief of staff for Logistics, 377th Theater Sustainment Command (Operation Iraqi Freedom); officer recruiter, Recruiting and Retention Battalion (National Guard Bureau Officer Recruiter of the Year); Drug Demand Reduction administrator/executive officer, Counterdrug Special Operations Group; and company commander, 74th Quartermaster Company.

Her civilian education includes a Bachelors in business administration from the University of Central Texas (National Dean’s List), and a Master’s in public administration at the University of Kansas. Her military education includes U.S. Army War College (class of 2014), Command and General Staff Officer and Advanced Operations Warfighting School, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Ordnance Officer Advanced Course and the Adjutant General’s Officer Basic Course.

Her military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, National Defense Service Ribbon with bronze star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Master Recruiting Badge and numerous other award distinctions.

Martin works full-time for the Kansas Army National Guard as the Deputy U.S. Property and Fiscal Officer. She is married to retired Col. Henry M. Martin, Ph.D. They have five adult children - Alycia, Anastasia, Marion, Kristina and Klint. Sgt. 1st Class Kristina Williams, Staff Sgt. Marion Martin and Spc. Klint Williams are all members of the Kansas Army National Guard.

Col. Robert E. Windham

During his career, Col. Robert E. Windham has served as the Joint Forces Headquarters deputy chief of staff for Logistics; commander, Task Force Hurricane (Operation Iraqi Freedom); deputy commander, 130th Field Artillery Brigade; and deputy commander, Task Force Tornado (Operation Iraqi Freedom). He has also served in various command and staff positions at the battalion and battery level.

Windham is a 1986 graduate of the Officer Candidate School at the Kansas Military Academy. His military education includes the Communications – Electronics Staff Officer Course at Fort Sill, Okla.; Signal Officer Basic and Advanced Courses at Fort Gordon, Ga.; Combined Arms and Services Staff School and Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth; the Joint Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence Staff and Operations Course at the Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.; and the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa. He also attended the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Senior Leader Seminar.

Windham’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Iraq Campaign Medal, and the 1st Cavalry Division Order of the Combat Spur.

His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in management and human resources, a Master of Arts degree in telecommunications management, and a Master of Arts degree in strategic studies. He has attended Mid-America Nazarene University, the University of Kansas and Webster University. He is a graduate of Leavenworth High School, Leavenworth, Kan.

In his civilian job, Windham serves as the director of the Network Enterprise Center, Fort Riley, Kan. His formal civilian education includes graduation from the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Va.

Windham lives in Junction City, Kan.