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From Havana to the Helm: The Remarkable Journey of Secretary of the U.S. Navy Carlos Del Toro

Updated: Jan 30

Carlos Del Toro assumed the role of the 78th Secretary of the Navy in 2021, taking on a crucial position within the U.S. military. His journey from Havana, Cuba, to leading the U.S. Navy reflects resilience, dedication, and the pursuit of the American dream.

Del Toro's family immigrated to the United States as refugees in 1962, settling in New York City's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. Navigating the challenges of a new country, he attended public schools and later earned an appointment to the United States Naval Academy.

He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. Secretary Del Toro was commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer upon his graduation in 1983.

In his current role, Secretary Del Toro is responsible for over 1 million Sailors, Marines, reservists, and civilian personnel and an annual budget exceeding $255 billion. His priorities include ensuring the readiness of naval operations.

Beyond his professional responsibilities, Secretary Del Toro and his wife have a family of four children and three granddaughters. His journey from a Cuban refugee to the highest echelons of the U.S. Navy stands as a testament to the opportunities available in America, inspiring future generations.

As the 78th Secretary of the Navy, Secretary Carlos Del Toro's life story symbolizes the diverse backgrounds contributing to the strength of the U.S. military. He continues to navigate the challenges of the modern era, drawing on a lifetime of dedication, leadership, and the values instilled during his remarkable journey from Havana to the helm of the U.S. Navy.

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