News Release, ABSI

Hollywood, MD- We are pleased to announce the promotion of two key personnel to assist with the company’s continued rapid growth. Vince Martinez, formerly the Regional Director, National Capital Region, will take on the position of Senior Director of Education and Training, while Joe Craft is moving into the Regional Director position.

“The company has been in a period of intense and rapid growth in the areas of test & evaluation and training,” ABSI Chief Executive Officer, Chris Sacco, stated. “The operational and strategic experience brought by these two gentlemen is a perfect fit for the challenges we are helping our clients face. While Joe will continue the excellent work he’s been doing at Marine Corps Capabilities Development Directorate (CDD), he’s also going to be guiding the company as we undertake new work within the arenas of strategic-level requirements setting and needs analysis. Vince will be overseeing our existing training work at MARSOC and for other entities, while guiding the implementation of our live, virtual, constructive (LVC) training solution, SecondSky, across multiple client engagements.”

Vince Martinez is a retired Marine Corps officer and pilot, and he brings years of experience as a strategic analyst, senior consultant, and Defense industry entrepreneur to bear on his work at ABSI.  He has served as a President and Owner of a successful strategic consulting firm, a senior program/project analyst, program manager, and business developer across a range of enterprise-level Federal, Defense, and Industry-related initiatives.

While part of Marine Medium Tilt-Rotor Squadron (VMMT-204), Vince served as Fleet Project Team Officer for all training systems during the initial standup of the first joint tilt-rotor training squadron in the DoD. In this effort, he analyzed pilot and enlisted aircrew training programs and initiatives to establish multiple best practice training standards for the V-22 Osprey program, standards that serve as military and industry benchmarks today. Vince is a certified Defense Acquisition Workforce professional and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Strategic Leadership (DSL).

Joe Craft is a retired Marine Corps officer and F/A-18 Weapons and Sensors Officer (WSO). Joe served through four Western Pacific deployments and two combat deployments as a WSO before returning to his first squadron as Commanding Officer for a subsequent combat tour in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

Through the remainder of his Marine Corps career, Joe served as a mentor and leader for Marines through his command positions and also through efforts such as his development of the Marine Corps Mentoring Program. Throughout a career of increasing responsibility and influence, Joe played key roles in training and growing Marines, especially in his role as Chief of Staff, Training and Education Command (TECOM).

Joe finished his military service as the Director of the Lejeune Leadership Institute after a one-year combat deployment as a senior advisor to the Afghan National Security Forces in Helmand Province and a tour as commander of Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations West-Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

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