Garcia joined the Navy in September 1983, just one month after his 18th birthday. He was part of the first crew of the USS Yorktown CG-48, stationed in Norfolk, VA. His duties included firearms training and maintenance; shipboard security; and Mark 45 5-inch gun mount maintenance and operations. While stationed on the Yorktown, Garcia and his crew were involved in the Achille Lauro Hijacking, and the Action in the Gulf of Sidra. In 1986, he transferred to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 (NMCB): the SeeBees. While stationed with the SeeBees, Garcia spent time in Spain, Korea, and the Philippines. He did cold weather training at Fort Drum, with temperatures as low as 50 degrees below zero, and jungle training in Okinawa, Japan. In 1989, he transferred to the Naval Mobile Communication Detachment in Maryland. Garcia was discharged from active duty in 1991 and from the Navy Reserve in 1993. He currently works in Maryland as a Realtor.
Garcia was nominated by NFM Lending Branch Manager Chad Jones.
“I am truly blown away that Carlos has not only served our great country, but is still serving the public by helping them achieve the dream of home ownership,” said Jones. “You can tell from his strong military background that he has a thirst for serving others, which can be seen daily in how he helps his team and clients. I am proud to nominate Carlos for our NFM Salute of the month, and can’t think of anyone more deserving.”
The NFM Salute is an initiative in which one military member or Veteran is chosen each month to be honored as the “Salute of the Month.” Salutes are chosen from nominations on the NFM Salute website, www.nfmsalute.com. The “Salute of the Month” will be featured on the website with a brief biography and information about his or her service, and NFM Lending will make a $1,000 donation to a military or Veteran non-profit in the Salute’s name. Garcia chose The Gary Sinise Foundation to receive this month’s donation.
Selected NFM Salutes may choose from one of the following three non-profits: Platoon 22, AnySoldier, and the Gary Sinise Foundation. NFM looks forward to the opportunity to continue to honor military and Veterans through the NFM Salute initiative.
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