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Friends of Fort Knox announce new director

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PROSPECT - The Friends of Fort Knox will welcome Dean Martin as the new executive director of Fort Knox and the Penobscot Narrows Bridge & Observatory starting in the first week of September.  

Martin retired from active duty Army last August as a Lieutenant Colonel having served more than 24 years.  Originally from Wiscasset, he enlisted during Desert Storm in 1991 and was assigned to Fort Knox, Kentucky for basic training. He began his military career as a combat medic at Fort Carson, Colorado and deployed to Somalia in 1994 before entering the Green to Gold program and returning to the University of Maine at Orono to finish his degree in Psychology.  He graduated in May of 1996, was commissioned as an officer through ROTC, and married a week later.

Dean served at various installations including Fort Irwin, California and Fort Riley, Kansas as an aeromedical evacuation (MEDEVAC) pilot with combat zone deployments to Kuwait and Iraq.  In 2007, Dean earned a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Baylor University and assigned several hospital administrator positions in Germany, Fort Belvoir, VA, and most recently at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) Healthcare Facility in Belgium. 

Dean is a decorated combat veteran with a total 24 years of service.  His awards include the Iraq Campaign Medal w/two Campaign Stars, Meritorious Service Medal (fourth award), Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (third award), Joint Service Achievement Medal,  Army Achievement Medal (fifth Award), Presidential Unit Citation and National Service Ribbon.

Prior to accepting the Fort Knox Director position, Dean was finishing a Healthcare Administration Fellowship at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. He currently lives in Orland with his wife and three children and enjoys woodworking and outdoor activities. After leaving Maine in 1991 to be stationed at Fort Knox in Kentucky, Dean’s life has come full circle having returned to Maine to his station at Fort Knox in Prospect.  

His vision for the near future is to help make this October’s Fright at the Fort event - featuring scenes from stories by Stephen King - even scarier than last year’s. 

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