LILIA ADRIENNE GARCIA
United States Marine Corps
I joined the Marine Corps in 1995 and after completion of bootcamp and Aviation Electrician school, my first duty assignment was in Twentynine Palms, California where I served as an unmanned air vehicle technician for Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1. While on assignment there I served two deployments to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1996 and 1997. In 2000, transferring to Fort Huachuca, Arizona with the Marine Detachment and schoolhouse Naval Aviation Maintenance Training (NAMTRA) Detachment. I served on Instructor Duty and taught both Marines and Sailors how to perform maintenance on unmanned aircraft systems. The schoolhouse moved to Milton, Florida to be closer to the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) Headquarters in Pensacola, Florida. Upon finishing up my instructor duty I was transferred to Cherry Point, North Carolina assigned to Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2. I had three deployments to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Returning to North Carolina after the third deployment, I was transferred back to Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1. I deployed one more time to OIF in 2008. The Marine Corps stood up a third unit and I was then transferred to Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 in 2009. While at the unit, I deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in 2011. Upon completion of assignment, I was transferred to my last assignment at Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 4. Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 4 is located at Camp Pendleton, California.
After 20 years of service I retired from the Marine Corps in 2015 as a Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt). I am continuing to serve my country and community working at the local VA Clinic.