Born in Oakland, California, Noma Martini got off to a rocky start. The son of a single-parent mother, Noma lacked motivation in school and positive direction in life. He had some minor brushes with the law and so his mother sought a more positive environment for her son, and discovered Hanna Boys Center.
Noma was 14 years old when he enrolled at Hanna , and he stayed for 4-1/2 years graduating in June 1991. He began his stay in the cottages and later transferred to a group home.
With financial assistance from the Hanna scholarship program , Noma went on to the University of California at Berkeley where he joined the Army ROTC Program, a fraternity, and worked as a cadet with the University Police Department. Noma graduated from UC Berkeley with a double major in History and American studies.
Upon graduation, Noma was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army, and his illustrious career took flight… literally. Noma realized his lifelong dream of becoming a pilot when he was selected to attend Flight Training school.
Noma’s rise through the ranks since being commissioned has been nothing short of meteoric. Now a Lieutenant Colonel, Noma handed over his Battalion command in a ceremony at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield on June 2nd as he’s headed to DC to start his next position at the Pentagon as the Deputy G4 Aviation Officer.
Of Hanna, Noma says, “Hanna Boys Center is a part of my life and I’ve used many of the positive attributes of the program when raising my own children. Teaching them the respect, caring and faithfulness which Hanna taught me to develop in my own life.”
Noma visits Hanna when his schedule allows and talks with our current boys about life in the military and his own challenges. His story is certainly inspirational and we wish him continued success in all he does!