Dr. Alba Margarita Melgar-C’De Baca, LTC-R
Vice President of Operations
Dr. Alba M. Melgar-C’De Baca began her career as an Air Force Air Traffic Controller in early 1989 and commissioned in the TXARNG as a Chemical Officer in August of 1993.
She was assessed into the AGR program as the first Survey Team Leader in the 6th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team where she helped develop the curriculum and stand the unit up 21 months before 9-11.
LTC Melgar deployed with the 36th Infantry Division as the Deputy for Civil Military Operations for multinational Peacekeeping Kosovo Force. Major Melgar played a key role in General Officer engagements and supervision of critical Civil Military Operations. When the 36th Infantry Division transitioned military responsibilities to Iraqi Security Forces and to the US State Department. LTC Melgar was personally responsible for the retrograde of all military and civilian equipment in this portion of Iraq all while managing sustainment of forces within the sector.
In 2011, after returning from Iraq, LTC Melgar was assigned as the Director for Family Support Services where, through her testimony to the Texas Congress, she secured significant funding for TXARNG behavior health and education. In this position, she created an extensive public/private partnership network to increase the viability of a strong career transition for Soldiers and their families.
Thereafter Lieutenant Colonel Melgar was selected to recruit and train a select team of decidedly experienced senior advisors to deploy to Afghanistan. While in Afghanistan LTC Melgar served as the Chief of Staff for Task Force Anvil where she led the rebuilding of Forward Operating Base Lightning and directed a joint service, multi-component team of Military advisors, government, contract civilians and a Ugandan guard force.
Her awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal w/5 Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal w/4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters as well as many others.
She holds a Bachelors Degree in Biology from the University of Texas, a Masters of Science in Quality Systems Management and a Doctoral Degree in Business.
Post-Military, Dr. Melgar has led the VETTED Foundation, as its COO. In this position she created transition service platforms for thousands of Soldiers and MilSpouses. She has also created an on-boarding and training platform geared towards Latinas in business.
Dr. Melgar has joined Echelon Front Legion as the Vice President of Operations and will lead the efforts to close the employment gap for Veterans and MilSpouses.