Capt. Daniel J. Galvan, a 2002 graduate of Los Lunas High School, was recently promoted as commander of the Alamogordo National Guard Unit in a ceremony on Jan. 9.
He joined the Marine Corps National Guard in the summer of 2002. Two years later, Galvan was deployed to Iraq for nine months. He joined the Albuquerque Police Department in 2008, where he is currently employed.
He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2012 with a BA in political science. In February 2014, he enlisted with the Army National Guard Officer Training Program, and after 18 months of extensive training, Galvan was commissioned as a second lieutenant on Aug. 2, 2015.
Galvan was assigned to the Infantry Unit in Almogordo. On Feb. 2, 2017, he was promoted to first lieutenant and was assigned to the unit in Las Cruces. He transferred to the unit in Rio Rancho, where he completed a deployment in Djabouti in East Africa.
On July 29, 2020, Galvan received notice he had been promoted to captain, and returned stateside in Aug. 2020. Along with being named commander in Alamogordo earlier this month, he also received the Army Achievement Award for this service overseas.
Galvan has dedicated his adult life to serve his community, whether it is in the military or the police department.
Galvan has three children, Nathan (14), Noah (11) and Siera (14), who attend school in Albuquerque. In November 2020, he became engaged to Kimberly Henderson, of Bosque Farms. She works in Albuquerque as a teacher.
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