Mr. Raymond M. Santiago joins the USAG Ft. Hamilton Team as the Deputy to the Garrison Commander. Mr. Santiago is a Federal Employee with over 25 years’ MWR experience in both the United States Army and United States Navy programs. During his Federal Service, he has been stationed at multiple overseas bases, including Yokosuka, Japan, South Korea, Sasebo, Japan; La Maddalena, Italy; Darmstadt, Germany; and Manama, Bahrain. Stateside duty stations have included Fort Huachuca, Arizona, Oahu Hawaii, Kingsville, Texas, and Norfolk, Virginia.

Prior to reporting to USAG Ft. Hamilton, Mr. Santiago was the Deputy to the Garrison Commander at USAG Natick, MA.  Prior to that, Mr. Santiago served as the Director of Family, Morale, Welfare, and Recreation for USAG Yongsan-Casey in South Korea. This position had oversight of Quality-of-Life operations for the Area I and II Area of Responsibility. Prior to that, Mr. Santiago served as the Fleet and Family Readiness Director (N9) for CFAY Yokosuka, Japan. The N9 position incorporated direct leadership over Family Readiness, Housing, NGIS, CFAY Galley and MWR with just over 1,000 staff members and earned the prestigious 5 Star MWR Program award. 

Mr. Santiago, also served as the Community Recreation Officer for Naval Station Activities Bahrain. During his tenure in Bahrain, he earned two citations from the Captain of the Base for commendable performance and displaying superior leadership, in which it was noted his leadership and support of the MWR Program contributed to the Program being recognized as a five-star program, which in 2014, Bahrain was one of eight bases Navy wide who earned the five-star rating. Also, during his tenure in Bahrain, Mr. Santiago earned the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism award in July 2014.

Mr. Santiago has completed extensive training with the Army Management Staff College, including the Basic and Intermediate Leadership Development Courses. Mr. Santiago also completed extensive trainings/courses through the FMWR Academy, which included the FMWR Division Chiefs Executive Leadership Course. Mr. Santiago continued his Federal Service with the United States Army when he served as the Recreation Specialist for United States Army Garrison Darmstadt in Germany, where he earned the 2007 Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Exceptional Service.

Mr. Santiago began his Federal Service as an Afloat Recreation Specialist, aka., “Fun Boss,” for the United States Navy, when he served aboard the USS Essex in Sasebo, Japan from August 2002 to May 2005. He received the notable Shellback Certificate while aboard the USS Essex when it crossed the Equator as they traveled to Darwin, Australia. For outstanding service as an Afloat Recreation Specialist, Mr. Santiago earned the 2004-Armed Forces Recreation Society’s Pat Hardin Award.

In April 1989, Mr. Santiago joined the United States Army as an Aerial Intelligence Specialist and served as a navigator in the OV-1 Mohawks. He earned the Air Medal for exceptional wartime services performed during the Gulf War in 1991. After being honorably discharged in October 1992, Mr. Santiago earned a Bachelor of Science degree in University Studies from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico. During his college years, he met his future wife, Brendy L. Santiago. They have three children, Constancia, Ramon and Neshonie. The Santiago family also has two canine family members, who have also been stationed with the family throughout their numerous CONUS and OCONUS adventures.