S: Career Highlights of a Naval Photographer
BC: This book is dedicated to my family... enduring the challanges of Navy Life. "Thank-you!" Lisa, Stephanie, and JT. | Book created by Edward G. Martens and published with Mixbook.com
FC: 24 Years of Service - 14 Deployments - 7 Tours of Duty - 1 Rewarding Career | Career Highlights of Chief Photographer's Mate / Mass Communications Specialist Edward G. Martens
1: Chief Mass Communications Specialist (Air Warfare/Naval Air Crewman) Edward G. Martens was born 1965 in Bronx, New York and grew-up in the small town of Cumberland, Virginia. Inspired by his father's passion for photography, he developed a strong interest in the subject as a hobby during his high-school years. He went on to receive several awards for his work and took first place while giving a photographic presentation during a state-wide conference at Virginia Tech. He was then presented an opportunity to pursue the craft professionally with the U.S. Navy, and in 1984, Martens enlisted at the Chesterfield Naval Recruiting Office in Richmond, Virginia. He completed basic training at Recruit Training Command (RTC) Orlando, then reported to Pensacola, Florida to attend the U.S. Naval Schools of Photography for Photo “A” School, the third highest ranked photography school in the nation at that time. | Recruit Company CO-28 | Discovering Photography | Building 1500, US Naval Photo School. | USS Bluejacket | Training with the Rapid Omega Camera.
2: Martens’ first assignment was on board USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), home ported in San Diego, California. While there, he qualified as shipboard aerial cameraman flying aerial missions on the H-3 Sea-King helicopter. He met the ship in the Philippines during its 1985 “West-Pac” deployment to the Indian Ocean, | Departing San Diego, CA - 1987 | On station in the Indian Ocean. | Aerial qualed on the H-3 "Sea-King"
3: and then deployed again on the ships World Cruise in 1987. He was promoted to the rank of Second Class Petty Officer, and concluded his tour shortly after the ship entered into the Service-Life Extension Program at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. | Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines. | Arriving to Fleet Week '86, San Francisco CA. | Service Life Extention Program, Philadelphia | Kitty Hawk Battle Group, Indian Ocean
4: In 1988 Martens was selected to attend Naval Aircrew Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida and then took orders to Patrol Squadron 46 (VP 46), based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Moffett Field in Mountain View, California. There he received his Naval Air Crewman qualification in the P-3C Orion aircraft and headed up the aerial photographic program for Wing 10. Deployments made while attached to this command were to Diego Garcia (1988), Misawa Japan (1989-90), DET Panama (1990), and Cupi Point, Republic of the Philippines (1991). | Mt. Fuji Photo-Mission, January, 1990
5: P-3c Orion presentation at the Moffett Field Air Show, 1988 | Golden Gate Bridge Photo-Ex with VP-MAU | (From Left) PH2 John Edwards, PH2 Dan Kacir, PHAN Crissy Jacobs, PH2 Eddie Martens, PH2 Ernest Terry | Low altitude pass, Cubi Point, P.I. | Command Group Photo, Misawa Japan | Flight-line at Misawa Air Force Base
6: In 1991 Martens reported to Antarctic Development Squadron SIX (VXE 6), at NAS Point Mugu, located in Ventura, California. As part of “Operation Deep Freeze”, he served as the Public Affairs LPO and Video Production Coordinator. He headed up the Antarctic aerial photo program and qualified in the LC-130 and UH-1 aircraft. He deployed to the contenant of Antarcticia for the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons, providing photographic coverage for the Navy in support of the National Science Foundation. He and his team filmed and produced two video documentaries, portraying this unique misson in every detail. | "Sun Dog" over South Pole Stationn. | "XD-07" LC-130 aircraft. Logistical "Work-Horse" for the squadron. | Photographing Antarctic Cravass Fields. | Pole "Open-up", 1991
7: UH1-N Huey - Mission Leader in the Dry Valleys. | Photographing South Pole Station. | Emperor Penguins | Trans-Antarctic Mountains | Robert F. Scott's historic hut at Cape Evans.
8: Martens transferred to Fleet Imaging Center Pacific at NAS Miramar, located in San Diego California in 1993, where he was in charge of three work centers and the detachment at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. He completed SERE Training and then became multi-platform qualified in the SH-60, F-14, FA-18 and C-2 aircraft. | Filming from a "Tom Cat" | FA-18 Photo-Ex over San Clemente Island, Marine Squadron VMFA-235 | VF-24's final Tom Cat" mission, seen over USS Constilation | FA-18 Hornet from "Top Gun"
9: USS Denver Photo Ex | Hotel Del Coranado, San Diego landmark for many Photo Missions. HSL-49 (left), VRC-30 Above) | Silhouette of an SH-60 | SAR training, diver jumps from a SH-60 Sea Hawk Helicopter.
10: In 1996 he was assigned for a second tour to VXE 6. There he achieved the rank of PH1, earned his NEC for Electronic Imaging and received his Aviation Warfare Qualification. He deployed during the 1997, '98, &'99 seasons, and was responsible for converting the Polar Program’s traditional photographic assets to all digital and established South Pole’s aerial photographic procedures used by NSF. He was the last member of the Navy's Deep Freeze program to leave “The Ice” in order to photograph the final departure of LC-130, XD-04. (He then had to hitch a ride to New Zealand with the Air Force). | Adelie Penguin near Hut Point. | MT. Discovery at Sun Rise. | Delivering supplies to Vostok Station. | Flying the "Old Glory" at the Pole. | Making friends with the "Locals".
11: XD-03 preparing for a mission. | "Fly-Over" South Pole Station. | Flght over Castel Rock. | Killer Whales seen at the Ice Edge. | UH-1N Huey at the Helo Pad. | XD-04, VXE-6's final flight off of Antarctica (Hey wait for the photographer!!)
12: Following the Disestablishment of VXE 6, PH1 Martens reported to LTC Instructor Training at Little Creek, Virginia and joined the Leadership Training staff in Washington D.C. There he achieved his Master Training Specialist qualification and was recognized for his outstanding performance, being awarded NLTU Atlantic Command “Sailor of the Year” in 2001.
13: World War II Memorial | Teaching Navy Leadership in the most opportune place... Washington D.C. | The White House | The Lincon Memorial | The U.S. Capitol.
14: Martens then reported to Fleet Combat Camera Group Pacific where he achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer in 2003. While at CCG, Chief Martens was the department head for the Command Training Office, Photo-Journalist Work-center and Coordinator for Information-Imaging Systems. He was in charge of four major deployments including Joint Special Operations Task Force – Philippines, the commands first dedicated deployment to Iraq, the Humanitarian Mission of USNS Mercy, and a tour in Bahrain supporting Central Command’s (CENCOM) area of operation. | Intense and Realistic Training with Strategic Operations. | RAPPAL Training during Quick Shot - Fast Focus '03 | Night Vision training during Stratigic Operations. | Bravo Company, 490th Civil Affairs Battalion, 155th Brigade Combat Team
15: "Doing what I LOVE... Hanging - out of aircraft and taking pictures!" | Great honor in cover ing the State Funeral of Former President Ronald Reagan. (Above Left, Center and Right) | Tactical Vehicle Training, Quick Shot - Fast Focus '04. | Set-up crew for Combat Town Training, QS-FF '03. | Patrol training, QS-FF'04. | Covering the Navy sponsered NASCAR Team at the California Speedway.
16: Atsugi, Japan was the forward deployment home to Combat Camera personnel operating in the Asia-Pacific, leaving on a moments notice to cover missions throughout the region. On his first deployment with Combat Camera, Martens was in charge of a mission supporting Operation Enduring Freedom - Philippines (OEF-P), part of Operation Enduring Freedom and the U.S. Global War on Terrorism. He and his team provided strategic video and still coverage for about 500 U.S. military personnel assisting the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) combating terrorism in the region.
17: Riding the waves in transit to Basilan Island. | VP-9 "Golden Eagles" providing aerial support for OEF-P. | P-3C Orion during mission Post-Flight | Special Ops training for the AFP. | Marine Gunnery Sargent Troy Buss during training at Camp Navarro. | "In the field"
18: In 2005, Martens was the Chief Petty Officer In Charge leading a two person documentation team into Iraq. His team was the first in an ongoing role for Navy Combat Camera Pacific to augment this Joint Service / Multi-National Corps environment. During his tour of Operation Iraqi Freedom III, he mentored both soldiers and sailors, empowering those he worked with to successfully and safely complete over 105 missions in a combat zone. Their work provided valuable information to Washington D.C. and helped tell the OIF III story to numerous national and international media publications. He offered optimum administrative support creating informative situation reports that has been adopted as the standard by the Joint Combat Camera Management Center.
19: The M-240, "Feelin' Lucky, Punk?" | What's a Falaffel??? | Iraqi Police Woman training. | "Just another hot day in the desert!" | Iraq's future is bright... Freedom is what we fight for - ours and theirs." | Training Iraq's Army. | ANGLICO Marines during "Live-Fire" training in Iskandariyah, Iraq. | ANGLICO Marine training in Iskandariyah Iraq. | "Fire-power"
20: In 2006, Martens deployed onboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), in support of the Humanitarian Assistance efforts in the Republic of the Philippines, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Timor Leste. He supervised the establishment of the ship's Media Department and Production Center, allowing for Combat Camera Staff to document Mercy's mission to South and South West Asia, and the Pacific Islands. He and his team reported this unique story to the world utilizing digital still and video imagery, supervising over 270 missions and created a visual theme to which became the standard for all mission related production work.
21: Mercy and its support boats, "Band-Aid 1 & 2" | Sunrise off the coast of Tarakan. | University of California and the San Diego Pre-Dental Society | Mercy's crew provided general and ophthalmology surgery, basic medical evaluation and treatment, preventive medicine treatment, dental screenings and treatment, optometry screenings, eyewear distribution, public health training and veterinary services. | MEDCAP DENCAP | Reaching out to those in need... | Medivac with HSC-25
22: In 2007, Chief Martens made his final deployment with Combat Camera, and the Navy, leading a six member team based in the country of Bahrain. During that time they successfully completed 177 jobs in support of 33 missions in the Arabian Gulf including Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Kuwait. They provided accurate information to Washington D.C. which helped plan strategic, operational, and tactical mission objectives throughout the region. Martens also managed the detachment's transition from operations with Naval Central Command into an operational role with Commander Task Force 56.3. | Carrier Strike Groups transiting in the Strait of Hormuz.. | Bahrain Grand Mosque. | HM-15 Helicopter crew on the deck of USS Denver. | Mine Neutralization Vehicle (MNV) being lowered into the Arabian Sea.
23: USS Gladiator during mine sweeping exercise. | Dolphins in the Arabian Gulf. | MH-53 "Sea-Dragon" in a mine countermeasure exercise. | EOD Diver preparing for silent water entry in a mine danger area. | USS John C. Stennis, CVN-74 | USS Gladiator together with HM-15. | Small boat detachment on the USS Denver. | EOD Team prepares for a training evolution.