USS Higgins
First to Fight!
Executive Officer (April 5, 2016 - Present)
CDR Victor J. Garza
Executive Officer

CDR Victor Garza, a native of Gilroy, California, graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s of Mechanical Engineering in 1997 and commissioned at Officer Candidate School in 1999.

CDR Garza’s sea tours include division officer assignments in USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) as Main Propulsion Division Officer and USS VANDEGRIFT (FFG 48) as Navigator. His Department Head tours were in USS DECATUR (DDG 73) as Operations Officer, and USS NIMITZ (CVN 72) as Main Propulsion Assistant.

Ashore, CDR Garza served on the OPNAV staff as the Navy Surface Guns and Ammunition Action Officer and as the Executive Officer of Navy Propulsion Training Unit, Charleston. While there he earned a Master's in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.

His personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and various unit citations.
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