Gov. Susana Martinez
ALBUQUERQUE – Gov. Susana Martinez announced today that New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) Cabinet Secretary Tim Hale will leave his post. Hale has served as DVS cabinet secretary since 2011 and is leaving after nearly four years of service to New Mexico veterans.
Martinez has appointed retired Brigadier General Jack Fox to succeed Hale as DVS cabinet secretary. Fox brings a long and distinguished military career to the department.
“Secretary Hale has served New Mexico’s veterans well,” Martinez said. “Thanks to his able leadership, we have continued to improve services to our veterans and their families, and we are grateful for his years of dedication. I look forward to working with General Fox to continue advocating for New Mexicans who have served. General Fox has lead an impressive career of service, and I’m proud that he now brings his leadership to our Department of Veterans Services.”
Hale has accepted a position with a local company where he will work as a pilot. He looks forward to spending more time with his family and dedicating time to his passion of flying. Under Secretary Hale’s leadership, DVS made great strides in ensuring New Mexico’s veterans and their families have access to the quality services and benefits they need and deserve. He has led DVS through expanding New Mexico’s definition of veterans to include our National Guard and Reserve citizen soldiers. Hale also helped craft legislation that expedites civilian professional licensure for military personnel and their spouses who have already achieved professional licensing through the military, as well as the Heroes to Highways and New Mexico EMS Transition Programs, designed to speed up the hiring of service members and veterans in trucking and Emergency Medical Services jobs in New Mexico.
Additionally, under Secretary Hale’s leadership New Mexico established a scholarship fund to enable more veterans to further their education or obtain critical job training, and enacted the Service Member Child Custody Act, which protects the parental rights of military parents while they are deployed in service to our country.
Hale has also been instrumental in the governor’s plan to bring more veterans cemeteries to rural New Mexico and led the effort to institute a pro-bono mental health program that has enabled over 400 mental health care providers, with locations in every county, to offer one year of mental health services to newly returning veterans and families. This no-cost, voluntary program has enabled over 100 New Mexico families to work toward healing and re-integration within our communities.
Fox has served both on active duty in the United States Army, as well as with the New Mexico National Guard, where he most recently served as deputy adjutant general from 2007 to 2010. In addition to his extensive professional military training and credentials, which include the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Army War College, and others, Fox holds a Bachelor of Arts from New Mexico State University and a Master of Education from Georgia State University in Atlanta.
“New Mexicans have always stood ready to answer the call to serve our state and nation in the U.S. Armed Forces,” Martinez said. “We want New Mexico to be a place that our nation’s veterans recognize as a state that supports and appreciates their service, and Brigadier General Fox’s background is well suited to continuing these efforts.”