Friday, January 7, 2011

Martinez names environment, veterans Cabinet members

Gov. Susana Martinez has named two men to the posts at the environment and veteran's departments.

At the Veteran's Services Department, Col. Timothy Hale will replace John Garcia while F. David Martin will take over at the Environment Department for Ron Curry.

Martinez' office said Hale retired from the Air Force in August 2008, where he commanded the 486th Expeditionary Operations Group during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Currently, he heads a group called Higher Calling Aviation, Inc., a flight training company.

Martin, meanwhile, is an engineer who works as an adjunct associate professor at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. He in 1990 was appointed by then-Gov. Carruthers as a coordinator between the state of New Mexico and the United States Department of Energy.

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