June 5, 2009 in People
Gregory L. Garcia entered federal civil service in 1984 as an inventory management trainee at the San Antonio Air Logistics Center, Kelly AFB, Texas. He served in a variety of assignments at the Air Logistics Center, ultimately becoming chief of the Mechanical Systems Branch, C-5 System Program Office. Garcia also served as a policy analyst in the Maintenance Management Division at Headquarters U.S. Air Force. Returning to San Antonio, he held several positions within the Air Logistics Center and the Cryptologic Systems Group, an Electronic Systems Center geographically separated unit. Garcia has served as the director of information assurance at the CPSG and executive director of the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. He received his bachelor’s degree in communication arts from Texas Lutheran University in 1984. In 1992, he earned a master’s degree in business administration from Incarnate Word University. He later attended Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs, Princeton University where he earned a master’s degree in public policy.2
In 2003 and 2006, Mr. Garcia completed a series of courses related to Program Management at the Defense Acquisition University in Huntsville, Alabama. Since 2005, Gregory L. Garcia, a member of the Senior Executive Service has been director of the 754th Electronic Systems Group (ELSG), Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex, Ala. He directs an organization comprising more than 1,700 military, civil service and contractor support personnel with an annual budget exceeding $300 million. The group develops, acquires, sustains and operates worldwide communications-computer capabilities for the president, secretary of defense, Department of Defense, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and unified combatant commanders to direct military forces. The group’s personnel are responsible for acquisition, sustainment, operation and support of secure integrated business, logistical, network and combat support information systems valued at more than $15 billion. 3
In January of 2009, Mr. Garcia was interviewed by Military Information Technology magazine where he described his role as director of the 754th Electronic Systems Group:
The 754th ELSG, as part of the 554th Electronic Systems Wing [ELSW], is responsible for acquiring, fielding and supporting the information technology capability in the three major portfolios of Air Force logistics, combat support infrastructure and enterprise services. Through our partnerships with the HQ Air Force Chief Information Office [CIO] in SAF/XC, Air Force Communications Agency, and HQ Air Force lead functional requirements owners, we aim to meet our goal in providing and supporting key warfighting capabilities to our commanders and leaders of the Air Force, Department of Defense and other federal government agencies. Our vision in being a center of excellence is to deliver information that drives war-winning decisions by shaping, acquiring and sustaining warfighting capabilities through responsive, adaptive and cost-effective solutions. It’s a complicated and ever-changing milieu, but we enjoy the challenge and accomplishment of helping our services meet their mission assignments.4
1. May 1984 – December 1987, inventory management trainee, San Antonio Air Logistics Center, Kelly AFB, Texas
2. December 1987 – September 1992, supervisory inventory management specialist, logistics management specialist and command occupational training manager, SA-ALC, Kelly AFB, Texas
3. September 1992 – October 1994, policy analyst, Maintenance Management Division, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
4. October 1994 – July 1996, Chief, Mechanical Systems Branch, C-5 System Program Office, SA-ALC, Kelly AFB, Texas
5. July 1996 – March 1998, Chief, Business Operations Division and acting Director, Resource Management, Cryptologic Systems Group, Electronic Systems Center, Lackland AFB, Texas
6. March 1998 – January 2002, Deputy Chief Operations Officer for Logistics and acting Director, Information Assurance, Cryptologic Systems Group, ESC, Lackland AFB, Texas
7. January 2002 – October 2004, Director, Information Assurance, Cryptologic Systems Group, ESC, Lackland AFB, Texas
8. October 2004 – June 2005, Executive Director, Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
9. June 2005 – present, Director, Headquarters 754th Electronic Systems Group, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, Ala.5