Tiffany Martschink

Tiffany sitting at a baseball game with her dad after throwing the Ceremonial First Pitch.

Tiffany Martschink is originally from Charleston, South Carolina where she entered the U.S. Army February 1995 as a Religious Affairs Specialist/ NCO. In 2004, Tiffany went directly from active-duty service into the Army Reserves.  Throughout her time on both active duty and in the reserves, Tiffany served as a Religious Affairs Specialist/ NCO in a variety of assignments. These assignments include time in aviation, more specifically, with the Apache (AH-64), INSCOM with the 513th Military Intelligence Brigade (SIGNT/ HMNT), a couple of TRADOC units, medical units, and Garrison/ IMCOM (Installation Management Command). 

Tiffany was mobilized/activated three times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Noble Eagle (ONE), and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). After these three mobilizations, Tiffany attended the U.S. Army Recruiter course and headed to Michigan where she functioned as a full-time Army Recruiter (79R).  For the last six years of her service, Tiffany served as an Instructor/Course Writer. Tiffany retired after 24 years of continued service to our nation- retiring on 31 May 2019.

Basic Training picture of Private Tiffany  Martschink.

Basic Combat Training (BCT)

Ft Leanard-wood, Missouri

February - April 1995

2nd PLT C 3/10 INF BN

Drill Sergeant: SFC Blankenship


Advanced Individual Training (AIT)

Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey

April -June 1995


U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School (USACHCS) 

Drill Sergeant: SFC M. McCrimmon

Instructor: SFC D. Austin

Specialist Tiffany Martschink headshot after winning the Soldier of the Year for 513th MI rigade.

513th Military Intelligence Brigade

Ft. Gordon, Georgia 30905

2002-2003 Soldier of the Quarter

Soldier of the Year (alternate)

In 2007, Dave Rover shared his story with Army Soldiers in training at Fort Knox, Kentucky along with J.R. Martinez and a 10th Mountain Division Soldier. All three of these men (pictured here with then, Sergeant Tiffany Martschink) experienced burns of varying degrees on their bodies during their time of military service. Eight months into his tour of duty in Vietnam, Dave was burned beyond recognition when a phosphorous grenade he was poised to throw exploded in his hand. The ordeal left him hospitalized for fourteen months, where he underwent numerous major surgeries. His survival and life are miraculous.

Tiffany with Dave Rover (Navy Vietnam Veteran) and Army Veteran R.J. Martinez

Pictured left to right 10th Mountain Division Infantryman who was medically retired after experiencing burns from an IED explosion in Iraq;  J.R. Martinez, Dave Rover, & Sergeant Tiffany Martschink

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Jeremy Herrell

CEO/Founder  KY Veteran’s Club, Inc 

Louisville, KY 40207
Email: info@veteransclubinc.org

Phone: 502.487.1464 

Tiffany standing with horse she was partnered with for Equine Therapy for Vets with PTSD or TBI.

Tiffany participated in Equine Therapy for veterans who have a diagnosis of PTSD or TBI/mTBI.  it was hosted by The Kentucky Veterans Club (a nonprofit organization) in Louisville, KY by an Army Veteran (Jeremy Harrell).

Jeremy Herrell CEO Kentucky Veterans Club.

In 2017, Jeremy Harrell founded Veteran’s Club which is a premier organization in Kentucky that assists thousands of veterans daily in a multitude of ways such as the nationally recognized Equine Therapy Program, Career Transition, Family Outreach Program, Homeless Veteran Housing Program, and Recreational Therapy Programs. Jeremy was also named 2018 Kentucky Veteran of the Year and was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel in 2019 for the works he’s done for veterans in Kentucky.

In addition, Jeremy also serves as a Co-Chair for Veteran's Community Alliance of Louisville (VCAL) in an effort to bring organizations together. Jeremy also serves on the Week of Valor planning committee for Louisville Metro Government as well as the VA Mental Health Summit Planning Committee. Outside of his organization, Jeremy leads with an organization called Mighty Oaks Warrior Program to help struggling veterans in week-long retreats in CA, OH, TX, and VA. Jeremy recently signed on as a Community Influencer with the Synergy Project which bridges the gap and brings the community alongside the Louisville Metro Police Department. Jeremy is married to his wife Erin and they have 4 children.

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Denys Castaño 

Military Veteran

I enjoyed speaking with Tiffany so much! She was so easy to talk to. So much so, that I found myself sharing more than I had anticipated. Tiffany listened patiently, and provided helpful tips, and suggested valuable resources that I will look into. I am excited to start working with her and start my journey, developing public speaking skills. I LOVE the plan of action Tiffany had in mind for me to begin; I am truly excited to see how far I can go with her guidance! THANK YOU, Tiffany! For everything. :-)  


October 30, 2020

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Air Force Military Intelligence Veteran, Chelsea Moses, comments on the mentorship experience.

Chelsea Moses
 USAF Intelligence Veteran

Tiffany is truly amazing and gave me personalized recommendations and feedback! She also was extremely understanding of the complexities of transitioning, and as supportive as a close family member! I’d recommend Tiffany as a mentor to just about anyone because she is extremely versatile and has diverse experience and skills. 

October 2020

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Angela Jacobs was mentored by Tiffany

Angela Jacobs, CPCM, CFCM, PCC

Military Spouse

Most of all thank you for your inspiration. Thank you also for the tips on public speaking. I am looking forward to our next session. 


August 2020

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The purpose of The Mettle of Honor Podcast and its website is to provide a means of hope and encouragement, along with resources needed by those in the military and veteran communities. The stories shared on the podcast and through the blogs come from the heart of fellow service members, veterans, spouses & family members, and subject matter experts from individuals and organizations that provide care and support to the military and veteran communities.

To all my fellow U.S. Armed Forces service members in uniform and veterans now out of uniform: from the bottom of my heart, I say, "Thank you for your service!" Some of you have experienced unimaginable pain, loss, and grief that no-one should ever experience. My hope is that you are receiving the much-needed love, care, and support as you travel down the road to recovery. While embarking on your journey to find your true identity - who you are as a person - not by what is displayed on your uniform. Those tabs, badges, patches, awards, and decorations are representative of your accomplishments and are well deserved but you are not your accomplishments.

The bond we have with each other - no matter the branch or component - is tighter than blood. It doesn't matter where you came from geographically nor does it matter what your nationality, gender, religious or socio-economical status was or is currently. If we meet for the first time at the local coffee shop or anywhere else in the community or if we've known each other for ages - I am confident you have my back when the need arises as I have yours.


To all the spouses and dependents of service members: I want to thank you too for your service. Your untiring sacrifices, love, and support to your loved one in uniform do not go unnoticed. I see you. I acknowledge you and give you a hardy "Thank you for your service!"