Cruz Gonzalez is a former Government Civilian, Logistics Management Specialist assigned to the Aviation Field Maintenance Directorate at Redstone Arsenal.
Cruz is a decorated military veteran, who retired after 20yrs of service, 10 years of which was under the command of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR). He served as a crewmember on the highly modified UH/MH-60 Blackhawks deploying to numerous real-world/combat missions accumulating over 2000 flight hours.
Cruz was selected for the Warrant Offer Candidate’s course (151AE). After his graduation he served as Platoon Leader for D co. 1-4 Avn Regt (Attack), Ft Hood and 1-2 Avn Regt (Attack), Korea. Other duties include Facility Maintenance Officer for the TRADOC System Manager (TSM) in support of the RAH-66 Comanche aircraft.
Mr. Gonzalez’s military tenure covered Military Operations such as Urgent Fury, Prime Chance, Just Cause, Desert Storm, Bosnia (SFOR), and GWOT. His military decorations include the Senior Aircrew Badge, Air Medal (3), AFEM w/ Arrowhead Device & Star (2), Asia Service medal w/ Bronze Service Star, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award and Army Commendation medal (2).
Mr. Gonzalez’s education includes the Warrant Officer Professional Development Course, Army Aviation Maintenance Manager Course, Army Warrant Officer Advance Course, and Aviation Safety Officer Course. He earned his Bachelors in Professional Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.