Major General David C. Garza, USMC, (Retired)
General Garza was born in Los Fresnos, Texas and began his career in the United
States Air Force in 1969 as a Heavy Equipment Engineer. In 1970 after his
military occupational skill training, he deployed to the Republic of South
Vietnam for a 19-month tour of duty. In September 1971 he returned to the
United States and in 1973 he closed out his Air Force career with an Honorable
Discharge at the rank of Sergeant. Following his discharge from the Air Force
he attended Texas A&M University and in 1977 graduated with a Bachelor of
1978 he returned to military service in the United States Marine Corps as a
Second Lieutenant of Infantry. In 1999 he earned a Masters Degree in National
Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport Rhode
Island. In an exciting and rewarding 34-year journey including combat tours in
Desert Shield/Desert Storm and twice in Afghanistan plus a tour in Latin
America, Major General Garza served in world-wide assignments as a Commander,
Director, and Staff Officer.
most important personal awards are his Combat Action Ribbons and The Order of
Saint Maurice in the rank of Primicerius presented to him by the National
Infantry Association for his selfless service, integrity, and professional
competence to the infantryman and the nation.
retired from active service after 38 years and is now President and CEO of Lead
Your Ship LLC, a Leadership Consulting LLC providing leadership fundamentals to
high school and college students and enabling wounded warrior events and
transitioning veterans. He lives in New Braunfels, Texas with his wife Carrie, their
Golden Retriever Alex and their rescue dog Lily.