Staff Sgt. Garcia is the son of Lori Gamboe, former Staunton resident.
The family provided information -- including a narrative accompanying the award -- The Brazil Times regarding the honor.
According to the information, Staff Sgt. Garcia "distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious service in performances as the Platoon Sergeant for 4th Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, in Kirkuk, Iraq, from Sept. 7, 2008, to Feb. 4, 2009, and as Bravo Section Sergeant 1st Platoon in Mosul, Iraq, from Feb. 5, 2009, to Sept. 6, 2009, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The information stated Staff Sgt. Garcia was an "indispensable member of Chaos Company and the Death Dealer Battalion."
During his time as Platoon Sergeant in Kirkuk, 4th Platoon conducted more than 125 combat missions, both "lethal and non-lethal operations"
The medal itself stated that Staff Sgt. Garcia's "actions contributed immeasurably to the success of building a free and democratic nation for the citizens of Iraq and to the efforts to win the global war on terrorism."
Staff Sgt. Garcia's mother grew up in Staunton and graduated from Staunton High School in 1978. Her parents were the late Rev. Arthur Ferry Jr. and Louise Ferry.
Staff Sgt. Garcia graduated from high school in Lamar, Colo., in 2000 and joined the service before graduation.
He has served three tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, and has been stationed in Ft. Stewart, Georgia; Ft. Riley, Kansas; Ft. Polk, Louisiana; Ft. Carson, Colorado; and Ft. Leonardwood, Missouri.
He is married with two children.