Lieutenant Colonel Jose A Gonzalez was born and raised in a military family. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1995 and attended the Communications Electronics School in Twentynine Palms, California until being awarded an NROTC scholarship. Lieutenant Colonel Gonzalez was discharged from active duty and attended Norwich University, graduating in 2000 with a degree in Civil Engineering.
Upon commissioning, Lieutenant Colonel Gonzalez attended the Basic Officer’s Course and Logistics Officer’s Course and reported to 2nd Transportation Support Battalion, 2nd FSSG in December of 2000. Lieutenant Colonel Gonzalez served as a Motor Transport Platoon Commander during several deployed exercises until he was assigned as Assistant Transportation Support Detachment Commander, MEU Service Support Group-24, (MSSG-24) 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU.) Lieutenant Colonel Gonzalez deployed with the 24th MEU in August of 2002 and participated in peace-keeping operations in Kosovo as well as Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF.)
Upon return from deployment in May of 2003, Lieutenant Colonel Gonzalez was assigned as the Logistics Officer for 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines. In this role, Lieutenant Colonel Gonzalez deployed to Okinawa, Japan as part of the Unit Deployment Program. Upon return from Okinawa in April of 2004, Lieutenant Colonel Gonzalez deployed with 2nd Battalion 6th Marines, now attached to 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (Anti-Terrorism), responsible for enhanced embassy security in Baghdad, Iraq and Kabul, Afghanistan. From 2005-2008, Lieutenant Colonel Gonzalez served with the reserves as a Platoon Commander for 6th Motor Transport Battalion in Las Vegas, Nevada as well as a Logistics Planner for Marine Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California.
In May of 2009, Lieutenant Colonel Gonzalez reported to the Advisor Training Group, in Twentynine Palms, California, and served as Logistics Officer and Advisor Instructor. In this billet, he deployed to Afghanistan twice as part of an advisor curriculum development assessment and then as an augment to Regimental Combat Team-1 as the Assistant Operations Officer for Afghan National Security Force development. In July 2012, Lieutenant Colonel Gonzalez attended Marine Corps Command and Staff College, in Quantico, Virginia and received a Masters of Military Studies.
In June of 2013, Lieutenant Colonel Gonzalez reported to Combat Logistics Battalion-31 (CLB-31), 31st MEU on Okinawa, Japan as the Battalion Executive Officer. During his tour, Lieutenant Colonel Gonzalez deployed in support of Operation Damayan, a disaster response mission in the Republic of the Philippines, as well as five other deployments participating in Theater Security Cooperation missions.
From 2015-2017, Lieutenant Colonel Gonzalez served at both the G-4 of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1st MAW) and the Command Element of III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF) as an Assistant Operations Officer and Logistics Plans Officer. In this capacity, he supported OPLAN development and exercise execution for the Korean Theater of Operations until his transfer to his current position.
Lieutenant Colonel Gonzalez’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Lieutenant Colonel Gonzalez is married to the former Faith Smith. They have two children, Evelyn and Lucas.