Spotlight Sailor – NC1 Marta Martin
NC1 Marta Martin
Navy Reserve Spotlight Sailor
First Class Petty Officer, Navy Counselor, Full Time Support
Full Time Support Hometown Recruiter
New Orleans, LA
Petty Officer Martin is the owner and webmaster of “NavyGirl.org”, a long-standing web resource familiar to many throughout the Navy Reserve Force. Her site is googleable and provides “gouge” on instructions, policy, programs, along with many useful hyperlinks. According to Martin, “In February 2002, I wanted to make a ‘global difference’ for my Navy, so I expanded my existing website, ‘Single Parent Online’ to include ‘NavyGirl Stay Strong’. The Naval Reserve motto at the time was ‘Naval Reserve Stay Strong’, hence, the name ‘NavyGirl Stay Strong’.”
Petty Officer Martin brings a great deal of commitment and energy to her Navy career, devoted to providing resources “for us by us” and not for personal gain. Despite the popularity of her site, she has refused offers to commercialize it with advertisements.
How have you benefited from your service in the Navy Reserve?
Serving in the Navy Reserve has given me many opportunities to be able to give back to my country and my shipmates, as well as an appreciation for the sacrifices that we makes on a daily basis in terms of finding a work life balance. That is why one of the most important benefits of being a Full Time Support Sailor is the opportunity to continue supporting Sailors and Civilians face-to-face and virtually via my website. I’ve faced my own trials and tribulations over 12 years in the Navy, but one thing is for sure… I love to help others through whatever modality is available. Motivate, Encourage, and Inspire has certainly been a benefit for me!
Why did you choose to join the Navy Reserve?
I joined the Navy Reserve in 2001 for two reasons. First, I was born a war orphan in Vietnam in 1973, just before the war ended. When American GIs found, rescued, and placed me in an orphanage, I was suffering from malnutrition and tuberculosis. I was later adopted and brought to America as a Naturalized Citizen. This chance encounter with U.S. service personnel allowed me to survive and have a better life. When the twin towers were attacked in 2001, I decided to join the Reserve. I had a profound sense of pride and commitment to our nation, especially given my personal war story. Joining the Navy Reserve after 9/11 just seemed to be the right thing to do and my way to make the most of the opportunities that I had been given.
In my Navy…
I am honored to give my service back to others to reciprocate what was given to me. It is my opportunity to motivate, encourage and inspire Sailors to achieve their highest potential. In my Navy, I stay committed to Excellence.