Commander Jose L. Garza
Commander Jose L. Garza was born in Alice, TX and enlisted into the United States Navy Nuclear Power Program in 1990. After attending boot camp and “A” school in Orlando, FL he earned his NEC as a Nuclear Trained Machinist Mate from Ballston Spa, NY and subsequently was selected to attend Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection Training (BOOST) in San Diego, CA. CDR Garza attended Tulane University in New Orleans, LA and earned a Bachelor Degree of Science in Accounting. After completion of flight school he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in January of 1999.
Commander Garza completed his Junior Officer tour with the Shadows of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron FOUR (VQ-4). He qualified as Instructor and Mission Commander Evaluator.
In 2002, Commander Garza reported to the 562nd Flying Training Squadron at Randolph AFB San Antonio, TX as a NFO/Navigator instructor. CDR Garza held positions as Assistant Flight Officer, Flight Officer and Assistant Director of Operations.
In 2005, he reported to TACRON 12 at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, CA where he completed two deployments onboard USS Essex (LHD-2) and USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6).
In 2008, Commander Garza attended the Naval War College in Newport, RI where he earned a Masters in Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.
In 2009, Commander Garza reported to the “Ironmen” of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron THREE (VQ-3). Here, he served as Communications Department Head, Administrative Department Head and completed his Department Head tour as Operations Officer.
In 2011, Commander Garza reported to Chief of Naval Operations staff, N2N6, Washington, DC where he served as the Nuclear Command Control and Communications (NC3) and Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) requirements officer. Additionally, he supported the E-6B program as an assistant requirements officer and was a member of the Joint Systems Engineering and Integration Office at DISA headquarters, FT. Meade, MD.
Commander Garza has accumulated over 2,500 hours of flight time in the E-6 Mercury. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2), Air Force Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (3), and numerous other personal, campaign and unit level awards.