Company: U.S. Air Force
Location: Alexandria, VA
Colonel Sarah L. Garcia is the Division Chief for the Office of Special Investigations for the U.S. Air Force. With her refined leadership expertise and a strong determination for supporting military and government initiatives, and the country she loves, Col. Garcia oversees command and control units throughout Asia Pacific, manages multimillion dollar contracts, and solves violent crimes within the U.S. Air Force. She is also responsible for identifying, exploiting and neutralizing criminal, terrorist and intelligence threats. During an exclusive interview with EliteAMERICAN Publishing, Col. Garcia clarified the aspects of her career that have been the most rewarding to her: “The people I’ve had the opportunity to work with directly and indirectly, and the people I’ve met along the way… and the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life… and make a difference in national security,” she revealed. Ever passionate about making valuable contributions to her field as an agent of positive change, she brings leadership and command experience to the table, as well as strategic planning and multi-lateral engagement on a national scale, as these aspects of her skill set currently serve as key components of her duties as the AFOSI Region Commander in the Asia-Pacific area.
Col. Garcia has been lauded by her peers for her commendable efforts over the course of her career, and she continues to strive for excellence. She received a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, a Korean Defense Service Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, an Air Force Commendation Medal, and a Defense Meritorious Medal, as granted by the U.S. Air Force. Additionally, Col. Garcia has been awarded with a Meritorious Service Award by the U.S. Air Force, as well as a Bronze Star by the U.S. Air Force, and she was inducted into the Senior Category of the Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) as a Women’s Advocate. Her abundance of accomplishments have allowed her to shine as a luminary in her field, and she feels that her greatest achievement was serving as a unit commander at various echelon-levels, especially as a wartime commander in the Southwest Asia area at the height of the war effort supporting Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. She pinpoints another great achievement as her standing up an international office at HQ NATO in Brussels, Belgium, regarding the integration of women in the NATO Armed Forces; today this office is not only functioning strongly, it has expanded to include women perspectives in UN peace keeping operations.
Col. Garcia recently completed 26 years of service, 21 of which were in special investigations. She identifies highlight of her career as serving as a commander, especially during Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. “The challenge is the unknown. When you go see your next assignment and you don’t know the expectations… and then you just delve into it,” she said. “The military offers an incredible opportunity to develop personally and professionally. It’s been a great ride; I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
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