STEM Professional of the week

Diego A. Martinez      
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

For decades, Diego A. Martinez has played a critical role in the execution of millions of dollars of construction projects for Soldiers and their families—from training ranges, barracks, and command headquarters to hospitals, schools, and child care facilities. As the Chief of the Army Programs Management Section for the Savannah District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Diego has overall responsibility for coordinating, planning, and executing all USACE efforts at six Army installations: Fort Bragg, NC; Fort Benning, GA; Fort Stewart, GA; Hunter Army Airfield, GA; Fort Gillem, GA; and Fort Gordon, GA.

With a lifelong passion for service to the Nation, Diego began his career 32 years ago with the Baltimore District USACE, as a civil engineer. In 1984, he joined the Savannah District as a project manager; and over the next 24 years, he honed his skills to become a true leader in project management while also serving a dual role in the U.S. Army Reserves. Diego understands the needs of Soldiers from a personal perspective and applies that knowledge to his job daily. Diego has mentored many project managers over the years and sets the bar high for personal integrity and accountability, technical skills, and professional achievement.

Despite a very busy professional and personal schedule, Diego sets aside time to mentor other team members, including the development and delivery of in-house training to increase the proficiency of the team members who work in support of the Army Programs. USACE team members, both inside and outside of the project management organization, have gained exceptional knowledge through his experience, guidance, and leadership. He is also a strong supporter of the equal opportunity program and actively seeks to recruit small businesses to participate in the Army programs and projects he oversees.

Although Diego was born in the Bronx, New York, he and his family moved to Puerto Rico in 1960 where he grew up and went to college. He commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army in 1978 and completed twenty-one years in the U.S Army Reserve from where he retired in 2002 with the Rank of Major.

Diego holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Puerto Rico. He has been recognized with two Commander’s Awards for Civil Service and multiple Savannah District citations for excellent service. He was selected as Savannah District Team Member of the Year for Engineering and Scientific Fields in 2008. Diego is active in the Savannah community and serves as a Eucharist Minister at St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church. He and his lovely wife Carmen of thirty-five years have two children, Gabriel Martinez and Natalia Martinez and two grandchildren, Diego Angel & Mateo Gabriel.

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