Back From Iraq, Garcia Crosses Into The Blue…In More Ways Than One
Navy Lieutenant Alain R. Garcia, Spaatz #1223, recently returned from a four month deployment in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Deployed aboard the USS Kitty Hawk, Lieutenant Garcia flew over 50 combat missions in a three week span. For his efforts, he was awarded two Strike/Flight Air Medals and a Navy Commendation with Combat “V” for valor. On top of that, he took home “Top Hook” honors by having the best landing grades in the entire air wing and won the “Golden Hook” award for the Seventh Fleet. Prior to his involvement in the Persian Gulf, Lieutenant Garcia was deployed to the Indian Ocean in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, where he flew 25 combat missions. Lieutenant Garcia has also been nominated for both Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet Pilot and Landing Signals Officer of the year for 2003.
Being a veteran of two wars, logging over 400 carrier landings and 1,000 hours in the S-3B Viking, Lieutenant Garcia has decided to take a break from work and live the easy life by accepting orders to take part in an exchange tour with the U.S. Air Force where he will be flying the mighty A-10 Warthog out of Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona. Being the first S-3 pilot to ever be accepted for this program, Lieutenant Garcia decided to celebrate his new found job as a” Hog Driver” and get the full experience of serving with the Air Force by marrying the former Christy Nelson who is a 1st Lt in the U.S. Air Force. They met at an airshow where Lieutenant Garcia was performing. Both will report to Davis-Monthan in June 2004. 1 Dec 2003