BIOGRAPHY:

Lauro Garza

Lauro Garza

Military

Utilities Master Chief Petty Officer U.S. Navy, Reserve Component 1992-2015: Master Chief Garza joined U.S. Naval Reserves on September 2, 1992 as a Constructionman and was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 22. He has excelled in all positions held as Company and Platoon Chief, Detachment Assistant Officer-in-Charge, and Battalion Senior Military Instructor. Master Chief Garza was among the first Seabees of NMCB 22 to earn the designation of Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist and has acted as Regional Coordinator for the Battalion Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist program. His seniors ranked him as the top Chief Petty Officer of NMCB 22 for two consecutive years.

At the 0522 detachment AOIC (San Antonio Detachment) he has been responsible for the training and development of up to over 100 personnel. Master Chief Garza has developed and insured training in field operations, weapons, safety, tactical operations, survival, and communications, chemical, biological and radiological warfare survival methods and orientating skills. Certified Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist.

During 2002 Master Chief Garza was attached to USMC Marine Wing Support Squadron-274-Cherry Point, North Carolina. During this deployment Chief Garza provided engineering support to MWSS-274 during a JTF-6 counter drug mission, in support of US Border Patrol special projects. He performed as the primary construction content expert in areas of job site safety, construction and electrical project manager. Additionally, he was assigned as Staff NCO in charge of 30 Active Duty USMC Combat Engineers and 3 US Navy Seabees to insure completion of the mission. He utilized expert knowledge to insure completion of JTF-6 mission in support of US Border Patrol mission. He also insured lost time injures were at zero percent while assigned to MWSS 274. Master Chief Garza performed safety audits and safety briefing on daily basis to maintain trends of safe working conditions. Lastly, he trained and advised 4 US Marine utilities personnel in the area of commercial wiring techniques, voltage applications and safe wiring methods.

During 2003 Master Chief Garza was recalled to Active duty to support Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Noble Eagle. During the activation Master Chief Garza was assigned as Leading Petty Officer for 2nd Platoon in NMCB 22 Air Detachment. After serving on active duty for several months NMCB 22 was demobilized before being deployed.

During 2005 Master Chief Garza was again called to serve on Active Duty and was forward deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. For several months NMCB 22’s entire Battalion trained in California at Fort Hunter Liggett and Port Hueneme, California. After reaching the required readiness to deploy to a combat zone, NMCB 22 was sent to Ali Al Salam Air Base in Kuwait. During this time, the Seabees again received additional combat training and readied for the push into Iraq. In late 2005, NMCB 22 was deployed to the Al Anbar Province to insure the mission of building Iraqi Security Forward Operating bases, supporting the U.S. Marine Corps with general engineering capabilities as well as insuring critical life support missions for Iraqi Security Forces and Iraqi Army troops. During the deployment, Master Chief Garza insured the safety and well being of U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army troops.

After returning from mobilization in 2006 Master Chief Garza was assigned as the Training Chief for the 9th Naval Construction Regiment. Master Chief Garza also served as the Future Operations Chief, the Operations Chief (R3C) until he was assigned to the position of Senior Enlisted Assignment Coordinator with Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Navy Yard, Washington D.C. Navy Personnel Detachment in Millington, TN. Currently he is assigned as the Special Operations Joint Task Force Senior Enlisted Advisor for a Naval Special Warfare SEAL Team SEVENTEEN in Coronado, California. Recently, he returned from his third tour of duty in South Korea with Naval Special Warfare Group I as a member of the Joint Special Operations Task Force as the Senior Enlisted Advisor and Operations Chief.

Master Chief Garza’s accomplishments and awards include: Navy Commendation Medal (2 Awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal (2 Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Four Awards), Iraqi Campaign Medal with Eagle, Globe and Anchor Device (Two Bronze Campaign stars), Korean Service Medal, Battle “E” (Three Awards), Navy Good Conduct Medal, Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal (Four Awards), National Defense Medal (Two Awards), Outstanding Military Volunteer Medal (2 Awards), Armed Forces Reserve Medal (2 M and Hour Glass 10 years devices), Korean Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Expert Rifle Qualification Medal, Expert Pistol Qualification Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Naval Reserve Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist and Enlisted Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist.

In 2009 Master Chief Garza was selected as the Navy Times Sailor of the Year for his volunteer work as a live Bugler, community servant and mentor of Wounded Warriors. Master Chief Garza represented the U.S. Navy in Washington D.C. in the “Halls of Congress” when he received his award from several Congressmen and the Joint Chiefs of Staff members.

As a community servant, Master Chief Garza is a volunteer bugler in the U.S. Honor Guard, San Antonio, TX at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. He has performed over 800’s funeral honors in the San Antonio area for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, both active and reserve members. As Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 369, Lytle, Texas, he has performed hundreds of hours of scouting service work on numerous Eagle Scout projects, community service projects, high adventure, and summer camp events. Additionally, he has worked as a Merit Badge counselor for numerous badges for Troop 369, and also served as a member of the Four Rivers’s District Eagle board. Master Chief Garza is presently a member of the Southwest Independent School District Education Foundation which raises funds for Student Scholarships and Teacher grants each year for SWISD. Lastly, Master Chief Garza is a Life Time Member of VFW Post 76 in San Antonio.

Mr. Garza possesses over 30 years of Utility electrical and management experience with a concentration in the Public Utility Industry. He provides engaged leadership for all labor and workforce relations related to both union and non-union environments within CPS Energy. Serves as lead for all working conditions discussions and inquires. Educates Leadership and the workforce on specifics of working conditions and general wage increases and incentives for wage scale employees. He has the following degrees: St. Philips College- Applied Arts and Sciences Electrical Trades Southwest Texas State University- Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences, “Cum Laude” Electrical Technology Education Webster University- Dual Master of Arts Degree with distinction in Management and Human Resources Development “Graduate with Distinction” Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources.

Master Chief Garza is married to the most talented and lovely, Roxanne Starr Garza-Pariz and he has two grown children, Lauro Jr., a Electrical Craftsman age 27 and Sarah Garza a Bexar County Sheriff Detention Officer, age 25.

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