U.S. Army Col. Paul N. Garcia was commissioned an infantry officer upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1992.
His first duty assignment was to Fort Hood, Texas, where he served with 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division as a Bradley platoon leader, scout platoon leader, company executive officer, and assistant battalion operations officer. Following completion of the Infantry Officer's Advanced Course, he was assigned to United States Forces-Korea, where he served as the operations officer for the Secretary Combined-Joint Staff, UNC/CFC/USFK.
Garcia was then assigned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he served as the brigade assistant S3 and B/3-187 IN company commander with 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT). Following company command, he served as a platoon, company and battalion level observer-controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center. Following CGSC, he was assigned to the 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York, where he served as the squadron executive officer for 3-71 Cavalry, BN S-3 for 1-32 Infantry, and division G3, chief of operations, deploying with the division to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He then served as the aide-de-camp and deputy G3 to the commanding general, United States Army Accessions Command (USAAC) at Fort Monroe, Virginia.
Garcia then commanded the 4th Squadron, 9th US Cavalry Regiment as part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas, deploying to Diyalla Province, Iraq, in support of Operation New Dawn. Following squadron command, he served as a senior observer-coach/trainer with the Tarantula Team at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California. Following completion of the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, he served as the G3 for the Joint Modernization Command at Fort Bliss, Texas. He then commanded the 5th Armored Brigade at Fort Bliss as part of Division West – First Army. Garcia is now assigned as the deputy commanding officer for Joint Task Force North on Fort Bliss.
Garcia is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and United States Army War College. He holds a Masters of General Administration from Central Michigan University and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the Army War College.
He is married to the former Melinda Molina of McAllen, Texas. They have two children, Aaron and Karina.