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Jack R. Fox Unanimously Confirmed As Secretary Of New Mexico Department Of Veterans’ Services

on February 23, 2015 - 3:45pm

Jack R. Fox

STATE News:  

SANTA FE—Retired New Mexico Army National Guard Brigadier General Jack R. Fox was unanimously confirmed today by the New Mexico Senate as Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services.

The vote by the full Senate followed Secretary Fox’s confirmation hearing at 8:30 a.m., before the Senate Rules Committee.

Gov. Susana Martinez appointed him to the position following the resignation of Timothy L. Hale in November 2014.

“As a native New Mexican, I am honored and humbled to be given this chance to serve my state’s veterans and their families,” Fox said. “I have seen first-hand the sacrifices they have made to serve our country. Along with my staff, I will fight to help veterans receive every VA and state veterans’ benefit they have earned—and will seek to further improve their post-military lives.”  

Born and raised in Roswell, Secretary Fox is a graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) and New Mexico State University. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from NMSU, he was commissioned as a U.S. Army Second Lieutenant/Infantry in 1969. While stationed at Ft. Benning, Ga., he earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Georgia State University.

Fox continued serving with the Army, the Army Reserves--and the ultimately, the New Mexico National Guard before retiring in 1995 as a colonel. He then began a post-military career as an educator--teaching high school in Hereford, Texas, before returning home in 1999 to Roswell to serve as NMMI Commandant.

In 2004, Fox was selected as President of St. John’s Military School in Salina, Kan. In 2007, he was recalled from Retired-Reserve status and commissioned full-time as Deputy Adjutant General of the New Mexico National Guard—where he was tasked with the overall training and readiness of the entire Guard force.

Fox retired in 2010 at the rank of Brigadier General. He then volunteered to serve on the New Mexico State Armory Board and the New Mexico National Guard Bataan Memorial Museum Foundation.

Fox has been married for 47-years to the former Marvine Sartin of Roswell. They have two children and two grandchildren.