Command Senior Chief
Senior Chief Gonzalez, a native of Delano, California, enlisted in the United States Navy in June 1998. Following completion of basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois he reported to Naval Training Center, Great Lakes where he completed Damage Controlman “A” school.
Upon graduation, he reported for duty to the USS Dubuque (LPD 8) in Sasebo, Japan. On July 28, 1999, he participated in the first ever U.S. Navy hull swap with the USS Juneau (LPD 10). Senior Chief Gonzalez served his first LCPO tour onboard USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) in Norfolk, Virginia. He also completed successful tours on the USS Denver (LPD 9), and USS Ashland (LSD 48) in Sasebo, Japan.
In addition, Senior Chief Gonzalez completed his shore duty assignments as a Damage Control “A” School Instructor at Training Support Center in Great Lakes, Illinois and Afloat Training Group, Western Pacific Detachment Sasebo, in Sasebo, Japan.
Senior Chief Gonzalez is a distinguished graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy Class 188, and a graduate of the Naval Leadership and Ethics Center class 164. He earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare designation onboard the USS Juneau (LPD 10) in 2000.
His decorations include Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5 awards), and various unit and campaign awards.