Sergeant Major Gonzalez enlisted in the Marine Corps on March 1, 1994. And completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, graduating from Company M, 3d Recruit Training Battalion. After completing Marine Combat Training, he was transferred to Camp Johnson, North Carolina where he attended the Basic Food Service Military Occupational School (MOS) and was assigned the MOS 3381.
Upon completion of MOS training, he received orders to Okinawa Japan, and was assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, 1 Marine Aircraft Wing as Cook on watch. During this time he participated in multiple field operations in the Republic of South Korea.
In January of 1996, Lance Corporal Gonzalez Reported to School Of Infantry, Camp Pendleton CA, as a cook on watch. During this time Lance Corporal Gonzalez was promoted to Corporal and Sergeant, and was a member of the Honored Color Guard and Funeral Rifle Detail.
In December of 1998, Sergeant Gonzalez reported Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa Japan, as a Chief Cook. In November 1999, he requested and received orders to class 3-00 Drill Instructor School Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego CA. Upon completion of Drill Instructor School, he was assigned to 3d Recruit Training Battalion. He served as a Drill Instructor with Company M and was promoted to Staff Sergeant in November 2001. He continued to serve as an Experienced Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor with Company M.
In December 2003, he was assigned to the School of Infantry West, Camp Pendleton CA, where he served as the Assistant Logistic Chief and the 52 Area Mess Hall Liaison.
In March of 2005, he received orders to 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division where he completed several combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. In August 2007, he was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant.
In January 2008, Gunnery Sergeant Gonzalez was assigned to Officer Candidates School (OCS) Quantico Virginia, where he served with company A, B, C, D and K. as a Sergeant Instructor, Platoon Sergeant and Company Gunnery Sergeant.
In January 2011, Gunnery Sergeant Gonzalez was assigned to Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, CA, Headquarters Battalion, Bravo Company, Logistic Division, as a Quality Assurance evaluator. In late 2011, Gunnery Sergeant Gonzalez augmented and deployed with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit as the assistant Headquarter Commandant.
In January 2013, Gunnery Sergeant Gonzalez was promoted to First Sergeant and received orders to Marine Combat Logistics Battalion 5, and served as the Company First Sergeant for Support Company and Motor Transportation Company.
In August 2014, First Sergeant Gonzalez received orders to Officer Candidates School (OCS), Quantico Virginia, as the Company First Sergeant, Headquarters and Service Company and later assigned to a candidate training company, company D.
In August 2016, First Sergeant Gonzalez received orders to 2d Battalion, 11th Marines, and served as the Headquarters Battery, Battery First Sergeant.
In February 2017, Sergeant Major Gonzalez was frocked and assumed the post of Squadron Sergeant Major for Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466 (HMH-466). Deployed as part of the Unit Program Deployment (UDP) 18.1. Participate in exercise Cobra Gold 18-1, the Korean Military Exchange Program, SSang Yong and embarking aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard LHD-6 with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force 4 (SP-MAGTF).
In November 2018, Sergeant Major Gonzalez served as the SP-MAGTF 7, Task Force 51, ACE Sergeant Major. He is currently serving as the Third Recruit Training Battalion Sergeant Major, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.
Sergeant Major Gonzalez’ personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medals (w/2 gold stars), Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medals (w/1 gold star), and the Combat Action Ribbon.
Sergeant Major Gonzalez is married to Christina Arista De Gonzalez from East Los Angeles, CA and they have two children, Rudy and Reyna.