putting service to his country, his community, his family and his job only begins to tell his multifaceted life story.
enlisted in the Navy in 1978 because he loved his country and wanted to serve. After 12 years in the Navy, he joined the Army National Guard where he continued to serve before retiring after 35 years of military service.
During his military career,
served his country with honor and bravery. He was called to action close to home, during emergencies like the Los Angeles riots, the aftermath of the Northridge earthquake and during the San Diego fires. He was also deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Panama (as part of Special Forces), and to Iraq where he served as a combat mechanic and was awarded a Bronze Star.
and his eight-man crew repaired vehicles damaged by IEDs in the middle of battle to return them to service.
Before coming to Met in 2007 as an O&M tech,
worked for the city of Monterey Park for 22 years. He is married to Nancy Luna, who works in Metropolitan’s Real Property group.
Day to day,
utilizes his military training to quickly assess needed repairs to the conveyance system at Metropolitan’s Lake Mathews facility. “There’s not a lot that I can’t fix with my two hands,” he says. Outside of work,
keeps his hands busy with his hobby of building RC cars from scratch.
Thank you for your service, Staff Sergeant