David Martens, U.S. Air Force (RET)
David entered the Air Force in 1962 and retired after a 20-year career. During his early career in the Air Force and with his experience in radar, he was stationed on top of mountains in beautiful locations, such as, Saglak Bay Labrador, Kotzebue Alaska and Hofn Iceland. At Hofn Iceland he was responsible for all communications and Electronics work centers with 8 work centers and 60 people on his staff.
As an expert on three-dimensional (3D) radar systems he became an instructor, first at Keesler AFB in Mississippi and then McClellan AFB, Sacramento California. As field Training Detachment Commander at McClellan courses ranged from; Aircraft engine mechanics to radar systems and special electronics systems. While at McClellan he wrote two collage level courses in Solid State Theory and Digital Techniques, used to introduce computers to electronics technicians, Air Force wide.
Tactical Air Control Systems Superintendent, he was instrumental in the development of the ARM Alarm and the ARM Pit to protect the TAC Squadrons during attacks from Anti-Radiation Missiles.
He retired from the Air Force on 30 June 1982 Civilian Immediately upon leaving the Air Force was recruited by seven companies in various engineering capacities, accepting a position with Sierra Research Corporation in Buffalo, NY as a business development executive.
He accepted a position with Marconi Federal Systems doing business with the US Army at Ft. Monmouth, Nj providing communications systems. During his tenure Marconi was bought by British Aerospace becoming BAE Systems.) and he became the company representative at Ft. Monmouth, both to the communications program offices and the CERDC (Communications Electronics Research and Development Center). He was responsible for working with the CERDC in developing the JTRS (Joint Tactical Radio System). JTRS is a software-controlled radio system, allowing the system to be configured as necessary to support the various missions within the theater of operations. JTRS is now currently fielded for Army Aviation and Infantry units transitioning to Air Force and the other service branches.
In 2003 he accepted a position with TAMSCO Inc. a small $25 million a annual revenue company to manage the Military Rapid Response Contract (R2), administrated out of Ft. Monmouth NI, The R2 contract was held by five prequalified companies; Computer Sciences Corp, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and TAMSCO. Each had bid in the range of $2 Billion to prime this contract over the three-year term. TAMSCO made $2.7 billion, during the three-year term. and due to the program success during this contract’s term, TAMSCO was acquired, first by DRS Corporation then by Finmeccanica in Italy. Due to clearances this required isolation from Italy which required the formation of Finmeccanica North America Inc. He was the division director of Army programs.
He remained involved in community activities throughout his military and civilian careers. These included clubs and service organizations including:
- Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association,
- Association of Old Crows,
- Air Force Association and the
- Association of the United States Army.
- He became a certificated EMT and spent 15 years as a member of and answering calls for the Point Pleasant and Manasquan First Aid. Squads.
- As a member of Manasquan Seniors, provided services to the community.
- Past President of Mondovi Bay Villas HOA and a member of Burnt Store Isles
A twenty-five-year member of the American Modeling Association and local Association. member of the Suncoast Model Sailing Club.