Nava named to head New Mexico National Guard


Gov. Susana Martinez announced that Brig. Gen. Ken Nava will serve as adjutant general for the New Mexico National Guard.

Nava replaces Brig. Gen. Andrew Salas, who will move on to a new assignment with the U.S. Air Force.

"Gen. Nava is an experienced and dedicated Army officer, and his background is well suited to leading our Army and Air Guard soldiers and Airmen as they continue to protect our state and nation at home and abroad," Martinez said.

Nava currently serves as the deputy adjutant general for the state of New Mexico and oversees all Army National Guard matters in New Mexico. His responsibilities include serving as the principal liaison to senior military officials, various state and federal officials, the Legislature, local governments and community groups.

"I'm grateful for Governor Martinez's leadership and her continuing support of the men and women who serve in our New Mexico National Guard," Nava said in a statement. "She's a remarkable commander-in-chief and I'm humbled to have the opportunity to continue to work with her to lead the men and women who give so much to keep us here in New Mexico safe during times of emergency, and around the world against our nation's enemies."

Nava enlisted in the New Mexico Army National Guard in 1988 and served as a mechanic with the 7th Battalion of the 200th Air Defense Artillery. He graduated from Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1992.