Major General (MG) Garcia assumed the role as the Army Reserve Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC), Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on November 03, 2019 with the responsibility for the Army Reserve Headquarters- Fort Bragg (North Carolina); Army Reserve Staff-Fort Belvoir (Virginia); and Army Reserve Staff-Fort Knox (Kentucky).
MG Garcia graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1987 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps. Her military education includes the Military Police Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms Service Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, the United States Army War College, and the Advanced Joint Professional Military Education School. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Science from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, a Master of Science in Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health from the Royal Veterinary College at the University of London, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University.
Her civilian professional background includes working as a production veterinarian in the poultry industry, ensuring animals are healthy and free of diseases to provide a safe and wholesome consumer product. She also provided agricultural expertise in support of the United States forces in Iraq and assisted the Republic of Georgia national veterinary services with best practices utilizing laboratory assets and implementing animal disease surveillance programs.
Her leadership experience includes platoon leader in Korea and Germany; Commander Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment 720th Military Police Battalion Fort Hood, Texas and Operation Provide Comfort Somalia; Commander 324th Military Police Battalion (Internment/Resettlement) Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and Baghdad Iraq; Commander 3rd Brigade/3rd Division/75th Training Command Fort Sheridan, Illinois; Deputy Commander Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and Commanding General of the 200th Military Police Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.
MG Garcia has served in a wide variety of staff and leadership assignments including Rear Battle Plans Officer, 14th Military Police Brigade, Operation Desert Shield/ Desert Storm; Training Officer 385th Military Police Battalion Stuttgart, Germany; S3, 336th Military Police Battalion Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Executive Officer, 384th Military Police Battalion, Fort Wayne, Indiana; S3, Joint Detention Operations Group, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and Chief of Staff, 200th Military Police Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.
Her awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Parachutist Badge and the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Bronze).