After doing well in Year 12, Martin went on to join the Air Force in January 1986. He studied aerospace engineering at the new defence force academy in Canberra. After completing his degree he went on to Air Force pilot training, finishing in 1991. Martin has flown a variety of transport aircraft (including the C130 Hercules and the BBJ VIP jet), and during his time with the Air Force he lived in many places around Australia. Martin has served on warlike operations in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan and been deployed on humanitarian operations to Indonesia following the Boxing Day Tsunami. He is also an experienced military paratrooper.
My favourite memory of Darwin High was actually winning the 100 sprint in the 1985 school athletics carnival, I was a dark horse in that event and it surprised a lot of people. Winning the high jump was not a surprise and I went on to win the NT championships in that event a few months later. Speaking in front of the school at each assembly was one of the biggest challenges I faced