LTC R.J. Garcia is originally from San Antonio, Texas and after graduation from Thomas C. Clark High School, earned an appointment and nomination to United States Military Academy as a member of the Class of 1996. Upon graduation LTC Garcia earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Aviation Branch.
LTC Garcia’s military education includes the Rotary Aviator Course and Aviation Officer Basic Course, the Aviation Captains Career, the Combined Arms Staff Services School, the Army Command and General Staff College Intermediate Level Education, the AH-64A and AH-64D Aircraft Qualification Courses, and the Air Assault School. In addition to his military education LTC Garcia earned a Master of Science in Adult, Continuing and Occupational Education from Kansas State University.
LTC Garcia has served in various locations and duty positions across the continental United States and overseas. These assignments include Attack Platoon Leader and Battalion Support Platoon Leader 1-2 Attack Helicopter Battalion, 2d Infantry Division, Camp Page Korea; Assistant S3 and later Battalion S2, 1-4 Attack Helicopter Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Company Commander, B Company, 1-3 Attack Helicopter Battalion, 3d Infantry Division, where he led his company during the initial invasion and liberation of Iraq; Assignment Officer, Aviation Branch, U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Alexandria, VA; Aide de Camp to the Commanding General United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker; Battalion S3, 4-227 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Brigade Executive Officer for the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas and Regional Command-North during Operation Enduring Freedom.
LTC Garcia is a Senior Army Aviator who has earned the Combat Action Badge, the Air Assault Badge and various awards and decorations, to include the Bronze Star Medal (with one bronze oak leaf cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (with three bronze oak leaf clusters), the Air Medal (with numeral two), the Army Commendation Medal (with three bronze oak leaf clusters), the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Ribbon (with bronze star), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with one campaign star), the Iraqi Campaign Medal (with three campaign stars), both the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Overseas Serve Ribbon (with numeral two), and the Army Service Ribbon. Additionally, LTC Garcia has been inducted into the Army Aviation Association of America’s Honorable Order of Saint Michael (Bronze) for his contributions to Army Aviation.
PL300 - Military Leadership