Story and Photo by
Sgt. Gaelen Lowers
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs
WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — The journey to achieve the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Five is a long one.
For many, it is the culmination of more than 30 years of active duty service, with several deployments and many different duty positions.
It represents the pinnacle of a career and being the top expert in one’s field. It is something that less than .1 percent of the military achieves.
So the chances of two people making this rank in one family, within a few months of each other, are relatively slim, yet the Army welcomed its only Chief Warrant Officer Five married couple, currently serving, Dec. 17.
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Mauricio Martinez met his wife, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Maria Martinez, during the Warrant Officer Staff Course, at Fort Rucker, Ala., prior to their Operation Iraqi Freedom 2007-2009 deployment. Both held the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Four at the time.
“We’ve been best ‘battle buddies’ ever since,” said Mauricio.
After their tours, both Mauricio and Maria were transferred to Hawaii, where Maria works with the 8th Theater Sustainment Command as the senior logistics advisor in the Distribution Management Center, and Mauricio became the targeting officer for the 5th Battlefield Coordination Detachment. It was here in Hawaii where they both were promoted to the highest rank in the Warrant Officer field and became the Army’s only “Chief Warrant Officer 10.”
“Success is something you attract by the person you become. Success is not something that you pursue; it’s like chasing a butterfly, you can’t quite catch it,” Mauricio said, quoting a phrase he learned long ago.
Inspired by that quote and the family, friends, co-workers and peers that helped them along the way, the Martinez family makes a point to not meet the standard, but to raise it.
“Everything you need to do to transform your life is easy, simply by making the right decisions, one at a time, over and over again, with persistence,” Mauricio added. “Consistency yields results. Life was not designed to give us what we need; life was designed to give us what we deserve.”
Combined, the Martinez family has more than 47 years of military service, 10 combat tours and more awards and ribbons than some companies of Soldiers.
Both Maria and Mauricio attribute their success to others they have served under, beside and over during their military careers, and they believe that anyone can achieve the same level of success and achieve their dreams.
“Spend quality time with the men and women who have achieved goals and dreams similar to yours,” Mauricio concluded. “Model (yourself after) successful mentors, teachers, pastors, masters and allies. Do it daily, weekly and monthly, and you will turn your dreams into reality. I am, today, living the American dream.”