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Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Programs Administrator

Alfonso "Al" Garza’s life has been marked by a profound dedication to service. With a proud 22 1/2-year tenure in the U.S. Military, he retired as Chief Master Sergeant. Alfonso's last assignment at March Air Reserve Base showcased his leadership, heading a team of nearly 150 military and civilian personnel supporting 14 Recruiting Operations across the U.S. and Pacific Air Command. His early years included a role as a Security Police officer at Kelly Air Force Base, where he held a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.

Currently serving as the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) Veterans Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Programs Administrator and Midwest City Oklahoma Police Chaplain, Chief Master Sgt. (Ret) Alfonso "Al" Garza boasts over 29 years of experience serving our nation's heroes. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, he enlisted in the military in 1985, embarking on a journey that would shape his passion for ministry and service.

Al's deep love for God, family, friends, and country resonates in all aspects of his life. His commitment to veterans and their families is evident in his role at ODVA, where his extensive understanding of both the military and ministry converge.

Al finds joy in simple pleasures – reading, cheering for the San Antonio Spurs, and cherishing moments with his family, friends, and fellow police officers. His 39-year marriage to his wife, Becky, stands as a testament to the strength of his personal relationships. Together, they have raised four beautiful daughters, welcomed two son-in-law, and embraced the joys of three grandchildren, along with a lively assortment of pets.