The Bipolar General

Major General Gregg Martin is a United States Army two-star general who retired in 2014. From July 2012 to July 2014, he was the President of the National Defense University at Fort McNair Army Base in Washington, D.C. from July 2010 to July 2012, he served as the Commandant of the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA. He served as second in command for the 3rd Army/US Army Central in the Central Command Area of Responsibility, including support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and across the CENTCOM region from January 2010 to April 2010.

He is also known as the Bipolar General because of his own mental health journey with bipolar disorder. Today, he is a staunch advocate for mental health. He opened the recent Stop Stigma Together conference I helped lead in Salt Lake City, where he received a standing ovation.

His journey was powerful because of his vulnerability, revealing his struggles in intimate detail. He stayed at the conference until the end, networking, learning, and sharing his experience. He was one of the guiding lights, lifting us all with his spirit.

Turning toward one’s challenges inevitably leads to humility. General Martin is a living example of how this humility can lead the way for others in need.

“It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.”
– Saint Augustine

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