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Lieutenant Colonel Carlos R. Garcia is the Commander and Professor of Aerospace Studies for the U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 017 at Troy University, Troy, Alabama.

Lieutenant Colonel Garcia is a career space officer. He has held various positions from the wing level to joint combatant command level. These assignments include Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Crew Commander at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, Inspector General at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, and Chief of the Command Center for United States Central Command at Macdill Air Force Base, Florida. Lieutenant Colonel Garcia also served as a Strategic Direction Center Operations Officer at NATO Military Headquarters, Belgium.

Prior to taking command Lieutenant Colonel Garcia was stationed at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida where he was a Space Mission Area Expert at United States Central Command.


1991 Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Auburn University
1996 Master of Science in Computer Science, Colorado Technical University


1997 Squadron Officer School (in-resident), Air Force Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
2002 Air Command and Staff College (correspondence), Air Force Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
2008 Air War College (correspondence), Air Force Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL


  • Jan 92 - Apr 92 Student, Undergraduate Space Training, 3301st Space Training Squadron, Lowry AFB CO
  • Apr 92 - Jan 96 Satellite Operations Crew Commander, 3rd Space Operations Squadron, Falcon AFB CO
  • Jan 96 - Apr 97 Operations Training Officer, 50th Operations Support Squadron, Falcon AFB CO
  • Apr 97 - May 99 ICBM Deputy Crew Commander, 564th Missile Squadron, Malmstrom AFB MT
  • May 99 - Apr 00 Instructor Crew Commander, 341st Operations Support Squadron, Malmstrom AFB MT
  • Apr 00 - Jan 02 Chief, Space Control Exercises, 21st Space Wing Inspector General’s Office, Peterson AFB CO
  • Feb 02 - Nov 02 Executive Officer, 21st Mission Support Group, Peterson AFB CO
  • Nov 02 - Oct 03 Chief, Requirements Branch, Programs and Requirements Div, Schriever AFB CO
  • Oct 03 - Jan 05 Arms Control Staff Officer, J5, SHAPE, BE
  • Jan 05 - Aug 05 Strategic Operations Planner – Middle East/Asia, J5, SHAPE, BE
  • Aug 05 - Sep 06 Strategic Directions Centre – Current Operations Action Officer, J3, SHAPE, BE
  • Oct 06 - Mar 08 Chief, Management Operations Division, Space Radar IPO, Los Angeles AFB, CA
  • Mar 08 - Sep 08 Chief, Liaison Division, Missile Defense Systems Group, Los Angeles AFB, CA
  • Oct 08 - May 10 Inspector General, Los Angeles AFB, CA
  • Jun 10 - Jul 13 Chief, USCENTCOM Command Center, MacDill AFB, FL
  • Jul 13 - Jun 14 Space Mission Area Expert, MacDill AFB, FL
  • Jul 14 – Present Commander, Detachment 017, Troy University


  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
  • Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
  • Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
  • Air Force Achievement Medal


  • Second Lieutenant – August 1991
  • First Lieutenant – August 1993
  • Captain – August 1995
  • Major – June 2002
  • Lieutenant Colonel – May 2007

(Current as of August 2014)

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