Born on December 16, 1975, he was the son of Dean and Linda Martin.
He married the love of his life, Jessica Pate, on September 28, 2002, and together they had two children, Chase Bradley, and Riley Elizabeth. Family was very important to Brad, and he was a devoted husband and father. When he wasn’t working, Brad enjoyed reading, camping, and just going for a “ride” with the family. Brad, along with his family, attended Crosspoint Church of North Crestview.
Brad graduated from Choctawhatchee High School in Ft. Walton Beach, FL in 1994. Even while dealing with the effects of Pulmonary Hypertension Brad was able to have a very successful career and made a tremendous impact on those who worked with him.
After graduating from the University of South Alabama in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, Brad begun his lifelong career of developing new warhead technologies for the Air Force. After working briefly for General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems in Niceville, FL, Brad joined the research staff with the Air Force Research Laboratory, Munitions Directorate at Eglin AFB, FL in June of 2002. Over his nearly 18-year career with AFRL, Brad conducted numerous research projects investigating the physics of high-speed penetration, the development of novel manufacturing techniques for fabricating warheads capable of penetrating hard targets, and development of advanced testing technologies for assessing advanced warhead designs. In addition to his own research, Brad collaborated with many colleagues throughout DoD including the Army, Navy, and Defense Threat Reduction Agency and supported major programs for the USAF Space and Missile Command and OSD.
While at AFRL, Brad obtained a Master of Science degree in 2007 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 2011 both from the University of Florida in the field of Mechanical Engineering. Additionally, Brad collaborated extensively with numerous research universities including the University of Florida, Purdue University, and Southern Methodist University. Brad published his research in over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, scientific publications, and conferences and symposiums. Brad was considered an expert in dynamic material behavior and served as a technical reviewer for several scientific and engineering technical journals. While at AFRL, Brad led an effort to construct a state-of-the-art laboratory to research high-rate geomechanics which was used by numerous students seeking advanced degrees. In addition to his own research, Brad had a passion for mentoring younger colleagues and graduate students throughout his career.
One of Brad’s last programs at AFRL was to lead a multi-million dollar demonstration program to develop advanced warhead technologies which, after competition, was selected by AFLCMC as the solution for an urgent operational need identified by the warfighter. In 2020, Brad transferred to AFLCMC as a Senior Systems Development Engineer to technically mature his warhead concept which resulted in a quick transition of the BLU-140 warhead to the warfighter. As a result, Brad and his team were awarded the AFLCMC Annual Engineering Excellence and General Bernard P. Randolph Engineering team awards. In addition, Brad was the lead engineer on the new shock-hardened fuze technology and provided technical expertise to resolve manufacturing and safety issues on a legacy AF warhead. Brad was also the AF lead for a joint program with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency to address a deficiency in the AF mission planning tools for rock penetration.
Overall, Brad’s career with the AF is having a tremendous positive impact for our warfighter ranging from advanced computation modeling to the design of AF’s advanced penetrating weapon systems.
Brad is survived by his wife and children of Crestview; his father Dean (Pat) Martin of Crestview; his mother Linda Martin of Shalimar; his sister Ashley Martin of Ft. Walton Beach; father-in-law and mother- in-law, Tom and Cheryl Pate of Rowsburg, OH; brother-in-law Adam Pate of Cleveland, OH; and nephews Jacob Martin and Elijah Pate.
Visitation hours for Brad will be held at Brackney Funeral Service, 480 E. James Blvd, Crestview, FL 32539, on Tuesday, December 5, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 6, at Crosspoint Church, North Crestview, 6268 Old Bethel Road, Crestview, FL 32536 at 11:30 am.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date in Rowsburg, OH, where he will be laid to rest.
In lieu of flowers the family would like you to consider making a donation to Red Mountain Grace, the non-profit organization that was responsible for providing Brad and his family with furnished housing during their multiple extended stays in Birmingham, AL. Donations can be made by visiting www.redmountaingrace.com/brad.