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Commanding Officer
LtCol Javier A. Garcia

LtCol Javier A. Garcia enlisted in the Marine Corps in November 1991 and attended recruit training in September 1992. Upon completion of recruit training and formal MOS schools, he was designated as an intermediate level aircraft electrician (MOS 6433).

In October 1993, he reported for duty to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 39 (MALS-39), MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA.

In 1994, LCpl Garcia deployed as part of the Unit Deployment Program (UDP) to MCAS Futenma, Okinawa with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267 (HMLA-267) and participated in Ulchi Focus Lens in South Korea.

In 1995, Cpl Garcia deployed in support of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) where he served as the Collateral Duty Inspector for the AH-1 and UH-1 helicopter. The 15th MEU participated in OPERATION Southern Watch.

In 1996, Sgt Garcia was selected for the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) program and subsequently selected for the Marine Enlisted Commissioning and Education Program (MECEP). In 1997, Sgt Garcia reported to Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Unit, Texas A&M University for instruction.

Following graduation from Texas A&M University, SSgt Garcia was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on May 11, 2001.

In June 2001, he reported to The Basic School (TBS) at MCB Quantico, VA. After successfully completing TBS, he was assigned to Marine Aviation and Training Support Group 21 (MATSG-21) in Pensacola, FL, where he was designated as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer (MOS 6002) upon completion of the course.

In March 2002, 2ndLt Garcia reported to Marine Aircraft Group 24 (MAG-24), MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI for duty at MALS-24. While at MALS-24, he briefly served as the Assistant Avionics Officer while awaiting assignment to a "flying" squadron.

In May 2002, he transferred to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 (HMH-463) for assignment as the Maintenance and Material Control Officer. While at HMH-463, the squadron executed two UDP deployments. The initial deployment was to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan and the second deployment was to Okinawa, Japan. During both deployments, the squadron participated in numerous theater security cooperation exercises to include Talon Vision in the Philippines and Cobra Gold in Thailand.

In April 2005, 1stLt Garcia transferred to Marine Corps Mobilization Command in Kansas City, MO for duty as the Headquarters Executive Officer. While in Kansas City, Capt Garcia volunteered for an individual assignment billet to serve with the United Nations Mission in Liberia, Africa. Capt Garcia served as the Operations Officer for Team 6 in Voinjama Liberia in his role as a United Nations Military Observer.

In August 2008, Capt Garcia reported to MCB Quantico, VA to attend the Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS) resident course.

In June 2009, he reported to MALS-29 MCAS New River, NC for duty as the Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer. From October 2010 until July 2011, Capt Garcia served as the MALS-29 Operations Officer.

In July 2011, Capt Camp Bastion, Afghanistan as the MALS-40 Operations Officer.

In April 2012, after selection to the Marine Officer Instructor (MOI) program, Maj Garcia reported for duty as the MOI for the NROTC unit in New York City, NY. The NROTC Unit served SUNY Maritime College, Molloy College, Fordham University, and Colombia University. In the summer of 2013, Maj Garcia served as the Echo Company Commander at Officer Candidates School.

In August 2015, after selection to Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Maj Garcia reported to Marine Corps University at MCB Quantico, VA. He earned a Master of Military Studies degree and transferred to MATSG-23, Pensacola, FL to assume command of Aviation Maintenance Squadron - 2 on July 28th, 2016. LtCol Garcia relinquished command on May 11th, 2018 and reported to MAG-12, MCAS Iwajuni Japan on June 1st 2018 to serve as the MALS-12 Commanding Officer.

CIVILIAN EDUCATION: B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies, Texas A&M University, 2001 Master of Military Studies, Marine Corps University, 2016

PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS ATTENDED: Expeditionary Warfare School and Marine Corps Command and Staff College

PERSONAL AWARDS: Meritorious Service Medal (w/ gold star), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal (w/ 2 gold stars), Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal (w/ gold Star), and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal