Arizona Air National Guard

CMSgt Armando Gonzalez

CMSgt Armando Gonzalez

State Command Chief Master Sergeant

Chief Master Sergeant Armando A. Gonzalez is the State Command Chief Master Sergeant for the Arizona Air National Guard, Papago Park Military Reservation, Phoenix, Arizona.  He represents the highest level of enlisted leadership and serves as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Commander of the Arizona Air National Guard.  Chief Gonzalez is responsible for matters influencing the readiness, health, morale, welfare, and professional development of more than 2,500 Arizona Air Guard members.

Chief Gonzalez entered the Air National Guard in April 1986. His background includes assignments as an F-16 Dedicated Crew Chief, Inspection Element Superintendent and First Sergeant with the 162d Maintenance Group, and Logistics Readiness Squadron Superintendent with the 162d Mission Support Group, Tucson, Arizona. In 2014 Chief Gonzalez deployed in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM as Logistics Chief, 557th Expeditionary REDHORSE Squadron, Al Udeid AB, Qatar. Prior to his current assignment, Chief Gonzalez served as the Command Chief Master Sergeant, 162d Wing, Tucson, Arizona.

EDUCATION

1988 Noncommissioned Officer Preparatory Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence

1993 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence

1994 Associate of Applied Science, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Community College of the Air Force

2006 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence

2006 USAF First Sergeant Academy, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2010 Green Belt, Lean/Six Sigma, NGB Joint Continuous Process Improvement, Washington, D.C.

2011 Bachelor of Science, Organizational Management, Ashford University, Clinton, Iowa

2011 Associate of Applied Science, Human Resource Management, Community College of the Air Force

2012 Chief Executive Course, Washington, D.C.

2015 Command Chief Orientation Course, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas

ASSIGNMENTS 

1.     May 1986 - July 1986, Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, Texas
2.     July 1986 - September 1986, Aircraft Maintenance Technical Training School, Sheppard AFB, Texas
3.     September 1986 - October 1986, F16 Maintenance Training School, McDill AFB, Florida
4.     November 1986 - March 1993, Phase Maintenance, 162d Maintenance Sq, Tucson IAP, Arizona
5.     March 1993 - October 2004, Dedicated Crew Chief, 162d Aircraft Maintenance Sq, Tucson, Arizona
6.     October 2004 - March 2005, Phase Maintenance Work Leader, 162d Maintenance Sq, Tucson, Arizona
7.     March 2005 - September 2008, Flight Chief, 162d Aircraft Maintenance Sq, Tucson, Arizona

8.     February 2006 - November 2009 (concurrent assignment), First Sergeant, 162d Logistics Readiness    Squadron/162d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Tucson, Arizona
9.     September 2008 - October 2009, Support Supervisor, 162d Aircraft Maintenance Sq, Tucson, Az.
10.    October 2009 - October 2010, Inspection Element Superintendent, 162d Maintenance Sq, Tucson, Az.

11.    October 2010 - May 2014, Chief Enlisted Manager, 162d Logistics Readiness Squadron, Tucson, Az.   (February 2014 - November 2014, Logistics Chief, 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron, Al-Udeid AB, Qatar)

12.    December 2014 - November 2017, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 162d Wing, Tucson, Arizona

13.    December 2017 - Present, State Command Chief Master Sergeant for the Arizona Air National Guard, Phoenix, Arizona

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS 

Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Meritorious Unit Award

AF Outstanding Unit Award with oak leaf cluster

Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with eight devices

National Defense Service Medal with one device

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon

AF Longevity Service with six devices

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two devices

STATE AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Arizona Southwest Asia Service Support Ribbon

Arizona Overseas Ribbon

Arizona Airman of the Year Ribbon

Arizona Exceptionally Long Service Medal with three devices

Arizona Service Ribbon with nine devices

Arizona Long Service Medal with seven devices

Arizona First Sergeant Award

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

1992 Air Force Association Junior Enlisted Member of the Year

1994 Air Force Association Junior Enlisted Member of the Year

2008 Outstanding Federal Employee, State of Arizona

2009 Warriorship Award, Diversity Champions

2009 Leadership Award, Diversity Champions

2009 Arizona Air National Guard Outstanding First Sergeant of the Year

2011 Magna Cum Laude, B.A., Ashford University

2013 Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Award

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS

Enlisted Association of the National Guard, Life Member

Enlisted Association of the National Guard of Arizona, Life Member

Air Force Sergeant’s Association

Arizona National Scenic Trail, Steward

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Senior Airman, July 20,1987

Staff Sergeant, July 1, 1991

Technical Sergeant, March 6,1999

Master Sergeant, March 5, 2005

Senior Master Sergeant, June 7, 2009

Chief Master Sergeant, July 6, 2011

(Current as of January 2018)

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