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SANIAFE INSIDE ELDIARIO B-2 NEIGHBORS B-4 TH KNEW MEXICAN TUESDAY, MAY 3, 1994 SECTION B Baca chosen to lead Guard Clinton to announce major general's nomination today The Associated Press Maj. Gen. Edward Baca, head of the New Mexico National Guard, will be nominated to become chief of the U.S. National Guard Bureau, members of New Mexico's congressional delegation announced Monday. The move, if confirmed by the U.S. Senate, would carry a promotion to lieutenant lieutenant general. The lawmakers said President Clinton formally will make the nomination at 11 a.m. MDT today. Baca, 55, has directed the state's National National Guard since 1983 and is in his third five-year term. He is the most senior senior Hispanic officer in the Army and the second most senior in the U.S. armed forces, Sen. Pete Domenici said. "Under General Baca's leadership, the New Mexico National Guard has become become one of the finest state militias in the nation. ... He is respected within the Army and New Mexico for his pioneering pioneering vision and deep-felt concern for the communities in New Mexico. His nomination contributes to the continued progress of advancing Hispanics in senior senior echelons of the Department of Defense," Defense," said Domenici, R-N.M. He said Baca's nomination will proceed proceed directly to the Senate Armed Services Services Committee for approval before being submitted to the full Senate for confirmation. "He has served New Mexico commendably commendably for 11 years as adjutant general, general, and I am confident he will serve the nation in his new position with the same distinction," said Sen. Jeff Bingaman, Bingaman, D-N.M. Rep. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., said New Mexico will miss Baca's service, but "our nation will benefit greatly by General Baca's experience, leadership skills and vision as he leads the National Guard in the post-Cold War era." Richardson had organized a campaign for Baca by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and other House members. The governor appoints the state National National Guard chief, and Gov. Bruce King has indicated he will ask a committee of military officers and others to recommend recommend a list of qualified applicants. "General Baca exemplifies the can-do spirit, which is so much a part of the military tradition of this country. Whether it is drug abuse prevention, disaster disaster relief, shelter for the homeless or active-duty service in time of national need, the New Mexico National Guard under General Baca has always been there to get things done," King said Monday. "I know he will bring that same spirit to this new position, and we're very proud of him here in New Mexico." The National Guard Bureau formulates formulates and administers programs to ensure ensure development and maintenance of Army and Air Force National Guard units. It's the link between the states and the Army and Air Force. Born in Santa Fe on July 27, 1938, Baca is the son of Ernest and Delphine Baca. He graduated from St. Michael's High School in 1956 then attended The College of Santa Fe. He has a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from the University University of the State of New York. Baca commands the New Mexico Army and Air Force National Guard. He has served in the National Guard for nearly 37 years, including two years on active duty during the Vietnam War. Laurent Guerin/For The New Mexican Maj. Gen. Edward Baca, shown at a tree- planting ceremony in Taos recently.

Clipped from The Santa Fe New Mexican03 May 1994, TuePage 9

The Santa Fe New Mexican (Santa Fe, New Mexico)03 May 1994, TuePage 9
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