Navy Biography

Rear Admiral Martha Herb


Rear Admiral Martha Herb

Rear Adm. Herb graduated from Lake Forest College with a Bachelor of Arts. She holds both a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development and a Doctor of Education, specializing in counseling, from George Washington University. She is designated in the explosive ordnance disposal community as a diving and salvage officer and surface warfare officer. She is joint qualified.

Commissioned via Officer Candidate School in 1979, Herb became one of the first three women officers to graduate from the Naval School of Diving and Salvage in Washington D.C. While on active duty, she served in positions both at sea and ashore. Transitioning to the Reserve Component in 1983, she completed various unit and staff assignments including five command tours which include: Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Det. 608; Afloat Training Group Det. 202; Naval Ordnance Safety and Security Activity; Naval Coordination and Guidance of Shipping; and, Deputy Reserve Component Commander, Navy Region Southeast. She served in NATO for six years as officer-in-charge of a Reserve joint cadre supporting the U.S. Military Delegation to the Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium. She was inducted in the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame.

Selected to flag rank in 2010, she served in Afghanistan on the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) as chief, Military Technical Agreement Branch, responsible for the international agreement between NATO and the Afghan government
. Subsequent flag assignments have been as deputy, Navy Personnel Command and director for Personnel Readiness and Community Support (OPNAV N135), responsible for the full spectrum of 21st Century Sailor initiatives including sexual assault prevention and response; operational stress and resilience; and, casualty/mortuary affairs.

She is the recipient of various personal decorations and campaign medals including the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards). She has had the distinct honor of serving with shipmates and together they earned the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Navy Unit Commendation and the Coast Guard Unit Commendation.

In the civilian sector, Dr. Herb is a Maryland Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor
. She has provided psychotherapeutic services for over 15 years.

Updated: 30 August 2013