The FBI said Tuesday Garcia most recently led human intelligence, domain collection and source validation activities at the agency.
He joined the bureau in 1995 as a Phoenix-based special agent handling illegal drug, organized crime and terrorism investigations and later moved to the agency’s Washington headquarters to oversee several intelligence and counterterrorism programs between 1999 and 2005.
Garcia also led the weapons of mass destruction countermeasures division and was assigned to Iraq as an FBI deputy on-scene commander in 2004.
In 2007, he became an assistant special agent in charge of intelligence, public corruption and civil rights programs at the Philadelphia Field Office.
He was promoted to director for the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center in 2011 and was named special agent in charge of the Los Angeles Field Office’s intelligence division in 2012.
He also served in the U.S. Army‘s infantry, aviation and ranger units for 12 years before he joined federal service.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy, a master of science degree in strategic intelligence from Joint Military Intelligence College and a master of counseling degree from the University of Phoenix.