Daniel Garrett grew up in Emporia, Virginia, and graduated from Greensville County High School. While serving as a National Guardsman, he attended SVCC as a full-time evening student, earning an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in Education in 2000. Garrett remembers, ““I appreciated all of the teachers who supported me as a full time evening student. The counselors and advisors always had time to help me.”
Now retired, Master Sergeant Garrett dedicated twenty plus years to serving in the Virginia Army National Guard and as a United States federal employee. During his tenure, he served in two military engagements: Operation Noble Eagle Homeland Security in 2003-2004 and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007-2008.