Kern County servicewoman will sing anthem from Afghanistan

The Bakersfield CalifornianMay 23, 2014 

BAKERSFIELD -- A Tehachapi-area superstar -- at school, in the military and in the arts -- will sing the National Anthem at Sunday's San Diego Padres game via satellite from Afghanistan.

And from talking to her as-you-can-guess-incredibly-proud dad, it's just the latest in a series of high-profile gigs.

1st Lt. Skye Martin is a 2007 Tehachapi High School and 2011 U.S. Naval Academy graduate. Today she is a Marine Corps public affairs officer serving in Afghanistan with Regional Command Southwest at Camp Leatherneck in Helmand Province.

Martin is based out of Camp Pendleton.

She couldn't be reached to talk about Sunday's performance before the Padres take on the Chicago Cubs, and the Padres didn't return a call seeking more detail.

But her father, Cam Martin, a government relations officer for NASA who lives with his wife in Golden Hills, was able and more than willing to gush.

"She has been singing since she was in diapers," Martin said of his 24-year-old.

Skye has been crowned Kern County's most talented kid (2005) and a Tehachapi Junior Miss winner (2006), Cam Martin said. When she entered the U.S. Naval Academy, she not only sang in the glee club, she became its president.

She is ranked best among the pool of active duty service members out of Camp Pendleton who sing the National Anthem at events, according to a base spokesman.

An old Californian article says Skye Martin graduated from Tehachapi High with a 4.3 GPA while taking on three varsity sports.

In Afghanistan, she is a combat professional first and public affairs professional second, her father said.

"She's been deployed to Afghanistan since January," Cam Martin said. "She's escorted media in the field, going outside the barbed wire. And instead of carrying just a pistol on her hip in an office, she has an M4 rifle on her chest."

Service runs in the Martin blood. Skye's older brother, 28-year-old Scott Martin of San Diego, also graduated from the Naval Academy and is currently at sea flying Seahawk helicopters, Cam Martin said.

Last fall when Skye Martin was home on leave and the two were jogging around the neighborhood, he said, Skye asked him whether he wanted to do push-ups in the driveway. "I said I'd be content to watch her," Cam Martin recalled. She did 85.

"She looks like a debutante," he said. "It's just really deceptive."

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