Biography

Commander Lacy E. Betton
United States Navy Retired

A native of Chicago, Illinois Commander Betton enlisted in the Navy as a Seaman Recruit.  He advanced through the enlisted ranks to Quartermaster Second Class in USS Chilton (APA 38).

Commander Betton was commissioned as an Ensign in June 1982 and served on USS Bronstein (FF-1037), USS O’Callaghan (FF-1051), USS Cayuga (LST 1186), and
MV Cpl Louis J. Hague Jr.

Commander Betton’s shore assignments include Commanding Officer, Armed Forces Reserve Center Stockton, CA; Training and Readiness Officer, Navy Reserve Readiness Command Region 19, San Diego, CA; Executive Officer, Ashore Mobile Contingency Communications Unit 5, Denver, CO; Watch Captain, Joint Operations and Intelligence Center, United States Southern Command, Quarry Heights, Panama; Operations Officer, Military Sealift Command Expeditionary Unit 108, Miami, FL; Commanding Officer, Commander Southern Atlanta Force Unit 108, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico; Branch Chief, Navy Test and Evaluation, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Pentagon; Rear Area Plans Branch Chief, United States Forces Korea.

His military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal.

Commander Betton currently serves his country as a government employee with United States Southern Command’s Resource and Assessments Directorate and was awarded the 2008 Federal Employee of the Year Service to the Community award.

Commander Betton is an avid horseman and motorcyclist and has completed numerous motorcycle charity rides from Key West, FL to the Arctic Ocean, Skagway Alaska, L’Anse Aux Meadows, New Foundland (Leaf Ericson’s first stop in North America) and Cartwright, Labrador.

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Master Sergeant Jephte (Jeff) Garcia
United States Army Retired


Born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, Master Sergeant Garcia enlisted in the United States Army as a Private, advancing through the ranks over 23 years of service to retire as a Master Sergeant, E-8 in 1999.

Master Sergeant Garcia was Senior Instructor of Operations, Tactics, and Sharpshooting at the Schools of the Americas in Fort Benning, GA (1987-1992). During this time, he trained over 2,000 soldiers from Central and South America, teaching U.S. military doctrine and human rights issues.  He also taught wartime survival skills — combat arms, weapons use, sharpshooting, and tactical operations, and guided his team to win first place in the U.S. Army Annual Sniper Competition.

Master Sergeant Garcia was a highly successful Operations and Security NCOIC/First Sergeant for the U.S. MILGRP in San Salvador (1992-1995) where he also served as advisor to three U.S. MILGRP commanders.

From 1995-1999, Master Sergeant Garcia served as ROTC Instructor at the University of California at Berkeley.  Since his retirement in 1999, he has worked as JROTC Instructor in Florida at Miami Springs High School and currently at South Dade Senior High School. He plans to retire at the end of this school year.

Master Sergeant Garcia is the recipient of the Joint Service Achievement Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and National Defense Service Medal.

Master Sergeant Garcia is a member of the Sunshine State Corvette Club and is an enthusiastic motorcyclist.  He is also member of the Elks Club. He has been married to his wife, Susan, for 18 years with whom he has two children,  Andrea  (17) and Alex (14).