Senior Chief Garza is a native of Freer, Texas. Entering the Navy in July 1997, he attended Basic Training in Great Lakes, Illinois and upon completion, he attended MN “A” school in Ingleside, Texas.
His sea tours include USS Blackhawk (MHC 58); MCM Crew Fearless embarked USS Champion (MCM 4) and USS Chief (MCM 14), USS Ardent (MCM 12) and USS Dextrous (MCM 13), USS Pioneer (MCM 9); MCM Crew Leader embarked USS Champion (MCM 4); USS Gladiator (MCM 11) forward deployed Manama, Bahrain.
His ashore tours include Navy Recruiting District San Antonio; Mine Warfare Training Center Point Loma; 147th HR Company in Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan; and Navy Munitions Command East Asia Division Misawa, Japan. Senior Chief Garza reported to Naval Support Activity Annapolis in July 2016.
Senior Chief Garza is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 196 (Green Group) and CMC/COB course 160.
His personnel awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Two Awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Eight Awards), and numerous campaign and unit awards.