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Captain Mallory Martinez

Captain Mallory Martinez

Friday DINFOS Keynote: Friday, June 2 | 5 p.m.
"Disinformation and Media Literacy: What you Need to Know to Protect our Nation and Your Business"

Commercial and government industries have much to lose with the proliferation of information disorder. Ineffectively addressing mis-, dis- and malinformation can have huge costs, take away valuable man hours, and lead to a loss of trust in consumers and citizens. With credibility as our currency, communicators must understand information disorder and apply Integrated Marketing Communications principles to combat it. This speech will focus on how information disorder impacts both government and business while providing pragmatic solutions to minimize its impact.


Captain Mallory Martinez, formerly Mallory Shelton, is originally from Fort Scott, KS. She attended the United States Naval Academy and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in English with honors in May 2016.

In June 2016, Second Lieutenant Shelton reported to The Basic School following her commission. She was chosen for public affairs and assigned to the I Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs Office at Camp Pendleton, CA. Second Lieutenant Shelton graduated from the Public Affairs Qualification Course at the Defense Information School at Fort Meade, MD, May 2017.

Upon graduating the Defense Information School, Second Lieutenant Martinez was assigned to I MEF PAO Media Engagement and Community Relations where she also provided support to Marine Week Detroit.

In January 2018, Second Lieutenant Martinez attached to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and deployed as the deputy COMMSTART officer and Female Engagement Team OIC to the Indo-Pacific, Central, and Africa Command areas of responsibility.

In April 2019, First Lieutenant Martinez attached to I MEF Information Group and served as the operations officer.

In July 2019, First Lieutenant Martinez took command of A Company, Marine Detachment, Presidio of Monterey. During this time she led more than 200 entry-level Marines and ten instructors completing language training at the Defense Language Institute. Captain Martinez was promoted to Operations Officer of MARDET, POM, October 2020.

In July of 2021, Captain Martinez reported to the Defense Information School as an instructor, team lead, and detachment operations officer. She has taught more than 125 communication professionals across the Department of Defense and government agencies.

She has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star.

Captain Martinez is married and has two sons. She recently graduated from West Virginia University with an M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications. While she is leaving active duty in July of 2023, she will continue to serve as a reservist at Marine Forces Cyber Command in Fort Meade, MD.