The University of New Mexico's ROTC units will be receiving new commanders this summer with the retirement of those currently holding those positions. Each commander will be on board by mid-July with the exception of Garcia who is slated to start in his new position on June 30.
The new commanders include: Lt. Col. Fred E. Garcia, who replaces Lt. Col. Brandon J. Robinson, UNM Air Force ROTC; Lt. Col. Kenneth T. Crawford, who replaces LT. Col. Timothy R. DeLass, UNM Army ROTC; and Captain Michael B. Riley, who replaces Commander William C. Mackin, UNM Naval ROTC.
Garcia most recently served as the deputy scientist career field manager with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition at the Pentagon in Washington D.C., where he was responsible for over 13,000 scientists and engineers. He received his commission through the Reserves Officer Training Corps at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and served in a variety of assignments including scientist officer, strategic communications analysis, nuclear detonation detection and mechanical engineering among others.
Crawford graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Clemson University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and later received his Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. He was commissioned in the Aviation Branch and attended Initial Entry Rotary Wing flight training at Fort Rucker, Ala; and served as a platoon leader, company executive officer and Battalion S-1 with 6th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky.
Riley is a native of Phoenix who enlisted in the United States Navy in 1985. Earning a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship, he graduated from UNM in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and his commission as an Ensign. He is a 25-year veteran of Naval service having participated in campaigns, operations, and deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, the Horn of Africa and the Western Pacific.