FORT IRWIN The National Training Center at Fort Irwin commander Ted Martin has been promoted to major general.

The Army post held a ceremony on Jan. 24 "replete with military tradition" for Martin as a second star was placed on his uniform by Gen. Daniel Allyn, according to public affairs officer Gus Bahena.

Martin, who took command of at Fort Irwin last year on Feb. 21, received the star in front of his family and friends as well as leadership and soldiers of the Army post.

Allyn, commanding general of the United States Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, made it possible for Martin's mother to see the promotion through video teleconference at a Navy base in Florida.

Martin comes from a family of military heritage that spans over 10 generations, dating back to 1776 when Pvt. Daniel Martin enlisted in the 1st New Jersey Infantry Regiment and fought the British during the American Revolution, including service at Valley Forge, according to Bahena.

Bahena said Martin and his three brothers followed their father's example and served in the Army after graduating from the United States Military Academy.

"We all wanted to grow up and be just like our dad ... a soldier for life," Martin said. "Mom is a 'soldier's wife for life.' She married my dad right out of college and together they raised four boys, all who went on to be soldiers. Although my dad was not projected to live very long after medical retirement, my mom did everything in her power to keep him going and did a fantastic job. He lived long enough to see all four boys graduate from West Point and get commissioned as Army officers."

Martin's father served in the Navy and Army and served in Korea and Vietnam before medically retiring in 1969, 100 percent disabled, as a lieutenant colonel.

Gus Bahena contributed to this report.

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