Big Spring native killed in Afghanistan
Funeral services will be Wednesday in Louisiana for a Big Spring native who was killed in action in Afghanistan.U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Michael “Mickey” Jonathan Garcia, 27, was killed July 4 during an attack on his unit in Wardac Province, Afghanistan.Garcia, an explosive ordnance disposal specialist in the Army, was assigned to the 63rd Ordnance Battalion, 52nd Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 20th Support Command (CBRNE), Fort Polk, La. at the time of his death, a Department of Defense release stated. He was on his third tour of duty in the Middle East, having previously served twice in Iraq.He was born Aug. 1, 1983, in Big Spring to David and Mary Ann Garcia and grew up in Bossier City, La. After graduating from high school there in 2001, he attended Louisiana Tech University before joining the Army in 2004.As an EOD specialist, Garcia was tasked with making safe unexploded ordnance, improvised explosive devices, chemical, biological, and nuclear ordnance and weapons of mass destruction.He earned several decorations while in the service, including the Bronze Star Medal; Bronze Star medal with valor device, Purple Heart Medal (third award), NATO medal and Army Commendation medal.He is survived by a son, his father and five brothers and sisters.Funeral services with full military honors will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Shreveport, La.