Lt. Col. John D. Garcia was born in Pueblo, Colorado. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Systems Engineering and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. He holds a Master of Art and Science Degree in Human Relations from Oklahoma University and a Master of Science Degree in Adult Education from Kansas State University.
From 2000-2001, Garcia served as the Platoon Leader for Charlie Battery, 3-16th Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. He then went to South Korea from 2001-2002 as the Battalion Executive Officer for HHB DIVARTY, 2nd Infantry Division.
From 2003-2006, he was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart Georgia. While assigned there, he served as the Battalion S4 for the 1-39th Field Artillery and Brigade S4 for DIVARTY 3rd Infantry Division. He then deployed to Iraq and served as the Assistant Fire Support Officer for 3rd Infantry Division and Deputy Fire Support Officer for 4th Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division.
From 2006-2007, Garcia commanded Alpha Battery 1-76th Field Artillery, 3rd Infantry Division and then received a second command from 2007-2009 of HHB 4th Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division and deployed to Iraq.
From 2009-2011, Garcia was assigned to 1-290th FA at Fort Sill, OK and Camp Atterbury, Indiana and served as the Battalion Plans Officer and Executive Officer.
From 2012-2015, he was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea and served as the Brigade Fire Support Officer for 1 ABCT, 2nd Infantry Division as the Battalion Executive Officer for the 1-15th Field Artillery, 2nd Infantry Division and then as the Brigade Executive Officer for the 210 Field Artillery Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.
From 2015-2018, Garcia served as the Deputy Fire Support Coordinator for the United States Central Command at Shaw AFB, South Carolina. He deployed to Kuwait for Operational Inherent Resolve.
Garcia's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1 Oak Leave Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leave Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (1 Oak Leave Cluster), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (4 Oak Leave Clusters), Iraq Campaign Medal (2 Oak Leave Clusters), Korea Defense Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation Award, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Valorous Unit Award, the Army Superior Unit Award and the Air Assault Badge.
Garcia and his wife Trish have three children: Ryan (15 years of age), Emily (13 years of age), and Isabella (10 years of age)