AUGUSTA, Maine — Chief Master Sgt. Jerard “Marty” Lurz joined the U.S. Marines in 1984 and has spent the last three decades in uniform, serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Qatar and Oman as part of the Maine Air National Guard’s 243rd Engineering Installation Squadron of South Portland.
Lurz of Minot, who retired March 30, also served with the Maine Counterdrug Task Force in 2002 as part of the state’s Drug Demand Reduction team, and had “a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of Maine youth through his classroom instruction of the ‘Stay on Track’ intervention program,” Maj. Michael Steinbuchel, spokesman for the Maine Air National Guard said in a press release.
Lurz also took children through outdoor activities such as the ropes challenge course and rappel tower instruction at the Maine National Guard Youth Camp in western Maine.
Lurz joined the Marines in 1984 and was assigned to the 5th Marines Camp in Pendleton, Calif. He joined the Maine Air National Guard in 1992 as a member of the 243rd.
Throughout his career in the Maine Air National Guard, Lurz served in a number of enlisted leadership roles including as the non-commissioned officer in charge of the cable antenna section and as installations superintendent, Steinbuchel said. The 243rd are tasked with setting up communications and electronic equipment at bases all over the U.S. and overseas.
“Chief Lurz was an engaging and dynamic leader and a great motivator. He truly inspired our Airmen to give their all,” said Maj. Larry O’Connell, 243rd EIS commander. “A 30-year military career is cause for celebration on its own, but to those of us who have had the opportunity to serve alongside Chief Lurz, his commitment and lead-from-the-front mentality will be sorely missed.”