New Mexico Air Nationals Guard gets first female commander
Sablan graduated from pilot training with Kirtland Air Force Base’s 58th Special Operations Wing, which now works together with the 150th special operations wing.
Colonel Esther Sablan has been named as the first woman to command the New Mexico Air Nationals 150th Special Operations Wing.
Sablan graduated from pilot training with Kirtland Air Force Base's 58th Special Operations Wing, which now works together with the 150th special operations wing.
Prior to this position, she was serving as Chief of the Force Planning and Strategic Basing Divisions of the Air National Guard Readiness Center. She has also served as a search and rescue helicopter pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan and also as an aerospace engineer and operations research analyst in her civilian career.
"One of my solemn duties as Adjutant General of New Mexico is to ensure our airmen and soldiers have the best leadership that I can offer to them", said Sablan.
Ken Nava in an emailed statement said," I am very proud of the fact that we were able to bring Col.Esther Sablan to the 150th Special Operations and the New Mexico Air National Guard. She is the right leader at the right time who could help us accomplish Gov. Susan Martinez' mission to get a unit equipped flying mission for the New Mexico National Guard."
Sablan will assume command during a ceremony at Kirtland Air Force Base on Saturday morning.