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DAF M&S Summit

Mr. Ruben Garza

Mr. Ruben Garza

Chief of the Defense Medical Modeling & Simulation Office (DMMSO), Defense Health Agency, Education & Training (J7) Directorate

Mr. Ruben Garza is a GS-14, Chief of the Defense Medical Modeling & Simulation Office (DMMSO) that resides in the Defense Health Agency, Education & Training (J7) Directorate, and location at Ft Sam Houston, TX. He serves as the key advisor, consultant, and subject matter expert on administrative support initiatives in dealing with medical modeling & simulation. Also, identifies shortfalls and trends on planning, programming, and budgeting on modeling and simulation efforts throughout the DoD. Mr. Garza provides strategic direction for over $72M in medical simulation contracts and assets.

Mr. Garza entered the Air Force in 1989, and served as a dental specialist in 3 assignments for 10 years. He started his education in the fall 1994, attaining a degree in Instructional Technical in Education from the AF at Sheppard AFB, Tx to become an AF Technical Instructor from 1994 – 1999. In addition, he continued his college education with Wayland Baptist University, attaining his BSOE & MBA, with a focus in Health Care Administration in 1999. He was commission in 2000 as a Medical Service Corps officer and served in various positions, such as a Flight Commander, Resource Management Office, TRICARE Office and Patient Movement Officer during ENDURING FREEDOM/IRAQI FREEDOM. He retired from Air Force after almost 23 years of service on 1 Aug 2010. He served as in a contractor supporting/standing up the new AF Medical Modeling & Simulation office until he accepted the GS-13, Administrator/Deputy position. In 2015, he accepted the GS-14, Director of DMMSO to support with all DoD simulation agencies. 

Mr. Garza is originally from Brownsville, Texas. He graduated from Wayland Baptist University with Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Health Care Administration in 1999 and BSOE, with honors in 1997. He is married to the former Karen H. Davis of Birch Run, Michigan and has two sons, Ruben Primitivo age 27, Joseph Ray age 25 and daughter, Jocelyn Maria-Helen, age 20.