2020 Veteran Hero Awards
Martin B. Spann
Veteran First Responder
Organization U.S. Army Ranger Association, Southwest Region
Position U.S. Army Colonel (Retired), Member
I served 30 years in the U.S. Army with COL Spann to include three voluntary combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. I also served with COL Spann in the LA Riots and the military response to the Northridge Earthquake. He was my supervisor when I served 15 years as a Special Reserve Officer with the Los Angelest Police Department. His biography is below: Martin B. Spann is a 40-year military veteran serving on both active and reserve duty. He began his military service by joining the United States Marine Corps in 1974. He served 5 years and was discharged. He entered the Army National Guard and was commissioned at the United States Army Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He has commanded at every level from a rifle squad to an Infantry Battalion. Martin retired from the U.S.Army Reserve in 2015, as the Chief of Staff of the 76th Operational Response Command in Salt Lake City, Utah with the rank of Colonel. Martin’s joint experience includes serving as the Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Special Police Commandos, Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq from 2004 to 2005; he also served as the Multi-National Force – Iraq Liaison Officer to the Iraq Minister of Interior, Multi-National Force- Iraq in 2008; and from 2010 to 1011 he served as the Senior NATO Advisor to the Afghan National Civil Order Police, which is the lead police organization in counter-insurgency operations in Afghanistan. His awards include three Legions of Merit, the Soldier’s Medal for heroism, the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” for Valor, two Bronze Star Medals for Merit, the Purple Heart Medal for combat wounds, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. His campaign medals include the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. In 2010 he was inducted into the United States Army’s Officer Candidate School’s Hall of Fame. He is a retired Los Angeles Police Officer. He worked at the L.A.P.D for 26 years where he held various supervisory positions. His L.A.P.D. awards include two Police Medals for Valor, the Police Star for Heroism, and the L.A.P.D’s Life-Saving Medal. He is married to Alexa Spann and they have two children.