Arthur Martin III is the new director of the U.S. Army Engineering Support Center, Huntsville’s Installation Support and Programs Management Directorate.
Martin began his U.S. Army Corps of Engineers career in the Mobile District’s Construction Division in 1986. In addition to Mobile District, Martin worked in Savannah District before joining Huntsville Center in August 1999 working in the Mechanical-Electrical Division of the Center’s Engineering Directorate.
Chip Marin, Huntsville Center programs director, said Martin’s in-depth experience makes him the right person for the job. Martin has been an ISPM branch chief, division chief and was acting deputy director since March.
“He’s uniquely qualified, via actual experience from the ground level up,” Marin said.
As acting ISPM director, Martin represented Huntsville Center as the lead on assessing and updating the Corps of Engineer's upgrade to the Program and Project Management (P2) Automated Information System, an important process for the Center and the USACE enterprise.
“He understands the totality of the project management business practices and the necessity of ensuring P2 meets the entirety of the program and project management functional area requirements,” Marin said.
Martin is also a natural leader and mentor, which is a very important aspect for the position, Marin said.
“He takes the time to coach, teach and mentor his employees and is widely respected for providing honest, candid feedback in helping his employees learn and grow,” Marin said.
Martin holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and master's degrees in business administration and project management. He is also a graduate of the Army Management Staff College. Additionally, he is certified as a project management professional and holds a Level III in facilities engineering, a Level II in programs/project management and a Level I in program management from the Defense Acquisition University. He was one of only two individuals from USACE selected to participate in the Harvard University’s Senior Executive Program and completed the fellowship in 2016.
Martin said there are certain areas in ISPM he will focus on more. However, he said there is already a solid foundation within the directorate.
“We will continue to concentrate on innovative ways to deliver the programs along with an internal focus on executing basic responsibilities,” he said.
“Program and project managers will continue performing efficiently and with keen attention to detail. We already have an awesome team in place - so I am confident in our ability to achieve that portion of my vision,” Martin said.