Santiago X. Ayala
Committee Chairman, Web/Social Media

In June 1977 after graduating high school, Santiago X. Ayala enlisted in the U.S. Army. His first duty station was assigned to 1/60th Go Devil Battalion Anchorage, Alaska. After a year and half, he was reassigned to Hunter Army Airfield, Savanna, Georgia where he proudly served as an Airborne Ranger for the 1/75th Ranger Battalion until July 1981.

In 1982 Ayala attended Robert Morgan Vocational Institute and received his Certificate in Auto Tune-up, Electric and General Repairs.

In February 1984, he joined the Florida Marine Patrol as marine patrol officer. In 1999 the agency was merged with the state’s Wildlife Division of the state, becoming the current Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. After 30 years of service he retired and continues to teach as NASBLA Lead Instructor.

Over my career Officer Ayala has attended various training sessions and received numerous awards:

  •     Lifesaving Award, Florida Marine Patrol
  •     Award of Merit, Florida Marine Patrol
  •     Florida Distinguished Service Award, State of Florida
  •     Miami Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) School, Miami Police Department
  •     Marine Law Enforcement Training Program (MLETP-901), Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Ga.