Sarah Martin

Major Sarah Martin is an officer in the United States Army.

Sarah graduated from West Point in 2009 with a Bachelor or Science in Economics. She commissioned as a logistics officer, seeking to lead combat operations through a loophole when the ban on women in combat was officially in effect. She joined the 101st Airborne Division and led the distribution platoon of the 2/506th light infantry battalion from 2010 to 2011. She commanded supply convoys in Paktika province, Afghanistan, earning the Combat Action Badge and the Bronze Star Medal. While assigned to Fort Campbell, MAJ Martin also served as the senior logistics planner for the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion.

From 2012 to 2016, Sarah served at the Defense Language Institute, which is where the Department of Defense educates and develops its foreign language linguists. She led headquarters staff operations as the installation executive officer and then academic operations at the Persian-Farsi Language School as its Associate Dean and interim Dean. From 2015 to 2016, Sarah commanded the Headquarters and Headquarters Company comprised of advanced military linguists and instructors. During her time at the institute, she was a key contributor in its operational realignment to meet strategic needs and drove measurable change in the quality of linguists, particularly by identifying and incentivizing top talent. While in command, Sarah was selected to teach in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point.

Sponsored by the US Army, Sarah earned her MBA from Stanford University from 2017-2019. From 2019 to 2021, she taught economics and served as a leadership mentor to West Point cadets. In June 2020, Sarah led the on-site logistics to receive and process five thousand cadets and cadre returning to West Point during the COVID-19 pandemic. From 2021 to 2023, Sarah served as an exchange officer at the French war college in Paris, France.

Her military education includes the Foreign Area Officer Course, Air Assault, Pathfinder, Airborne, and the Aerial Delivery Materiel Officer Course. She holds a Master of Science in Operations Research, a field of study at the intersection of mathematics and data science, from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Born in Fresno, California, Sarah is an avid outdoorswoman. She enjoys fly-fishing and endurance treks, most recently completing the GR20 solo in Corsica, France. Sarah is passionate about entrepreneurship and is active within investment and startup communities in the United States and France. She enjoys global travel and has visited 42 countries.