Senior Sailor of the Qtr
HM1 Gonzalez was born in Bogota, Colombia, and moved to United States in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. HM1 Gonzalez joined the Navy in 2004, and he is currently on his third duty station with the 1st MAW in Okinawa, Japan. While assigned in the command, he was deployed to UFG-14, Ryukyu Warrior 2013, where he was part of a pioneer CBRNE response team and Cobra Gold 2013. He is the currently LPO for the Wing Surgeon Office.
During his first tour in April 2004, HM1 Gonzalez served as a line Corpsman, Headquarters battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he deployed to Iraq for OIF 04-06 for an eight months combat tour of duty. When he re-deployed to Camp Lejeune in early 2006, he resumed his graduate studies at Webster University. During this tour, he earned his Enlisted Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist qualification on July, 2007. He returned to Iraq in 2007 for OIF 06-08 as a member of Headquarters Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) and Multinational Force-West.
On his second duty station, HM1 Gonzalez served as Planning Operations Medical Intelligence (POMI) manager, in Naval Air Station Jacksonville. He was Training Petty Officer, Trauma Combat Casualty Care instructor, Assistant Command Fitness Leader, and Auxiliary Security Force (ASF) member. In addition, HM1 Gonzalez deployed from NH JAX to Camp Schwab, Okinawa Japan as Leading Petty Officer to support the Landing Force Carat 2011 with the 4th Marine Regiment.
He is planning to pursue a Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. He holds a dual Master in Management and Leadership and Master in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University, a BA degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University, an AA degree in Criminal Justice from Broward Community College, and an AA degree in International Trade from Jorge Tadeo University. His personal decorations include the Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, MUC, MOSVN, Sea Service deployment (3), Global War on Terrorism, Iraq Campaign medal, Good Conduct, National defense Service Medal, Pistol Medal, and Rifle Medal.