Selph Takes Command of New Mexico Wing
Col. Andrew Selph is the new commander of the New Mexico Wing and its more than 650 members.
Selph, who succeeds Col. Annette Peters, was sworn in July 22 during a hangar ceremony at Kirtland Air Force Base.
A Civil Air Patrol member since joining as a cadet in October 1978 at age 15, he has served in varying capacities at the wing level – including vice commander, inspector general, and director of cadet programs – and has also belonged to five squadrons across New Mexico. He earned CAP’s top cadet honor, the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award, in April 1983.
Outside the organization, Selph is a retired federal probation officer and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice from New Mexico State University.
“The honor of leading our volunteers across the state is mine, and I’m grateful for their volunteer service,” Selph said.
“This organization has been part of my life for over 40 years, and I’m humbled by the opportunity to serve in this position.”
Among his priorities during his three-year term as commander will be to increase membership across the wing, he said.
Peters had served as wing commander since June 2019. During her tenure squadrons were reorganized into three new regional groups, and the wing responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with missions that included flying COVID-19 tests and vaccine around the state.
Capt. Ryan M. Stark
Public Affairs Officer
New Mexico Wing