|CDR Vincent Garcia
Commander Vince Garcia is a native of Riverside, California. He enlisted in the Navy in 1990, was selected for officer programs and commissioned an Ensign in 1995. His worldwide naval service includes assignments in both the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets and to multiple Shore Regional Commands.
A Surface Warfare Officer, Commander Garcia’s sea duty includes division officer assignments as the Combat Information Center Officer in USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG 53) where he deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch, and Electrical Division Officer in USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) where he deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Desert Fox. His department head assignments were as Chief Engineer in USS RENTZ (FFG 46) where he deployed to the South Pacific in support of counter-drug operations, and Propulsion Readiness Examiner for Afloat Training Group, Atlantic.
Ashore, Commander Garcia served as the Regional Training and Readiness Officer for Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, the Flag Secretary and Flag Aide to Commander, Navy Installations Command, Executive Officer of Naval Base San Diego, the N36 Future Operations Officer to Commander, Navy Region Southwest, Commanding Officer of NSA Saratoga Springs, and is currently assigned as a Senior Assessor at Engineering Assessments Pacific
Commander Garcia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from the University of San Diego, CA, and a Masters in Information Technology Management from Naval Post Graduate School Monterey, CA. Personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), the 1997 Junior Ship Handler of the Year for Destroyer Squadron Seven, the Rear Admiral Grace Hopper Award for Excellence in Information Technology Management from the Naval Post Graduate School, and the 2003 Arleigh Burke Operational Excellence Award for Destroyer Squadron Twenty One, and various service medals and unit awards earned during deployments.