Martinez Makes Homeland Security Pick

New Mexico – Gov.-elect Susana Martinez is nominating retired Air Force Col. Michael Duvall as secretary of the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Duvall was commander of the 377th Air Base Wing at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque from July 2008 to April 2010.

Martinez announced her selection of Duvall at a news conference Tuesday in Albuquerque.

Duvall is an Air Force Academy graduate and has served in a wide range of assignments, including vice wing commander of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing in Afghanistan for several months in 2005.

He was exercises and training director in the U.S. Pacific Command from July 2007 to July 2008.

Duvall's nomination is subject to Senate confirmation.

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