Chief Master Sergeant Joe G. Gonzalez is the Command Chief, 315th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston, S.C. He serves commander’s primary advisor regarding the welfare, morale, operational readiness, and discipline of the enlisted force. The wing is dedicated to ensuring assigned units and personnel are properly organized, trained and equipped, and ready to support national security requirements across the full spectrum of operations, from war to contingency situations.
Chief Master Sgt. Gonzalez entered military service on October 1991 as a Reconnaissance Man in the United States Marine Corps. He was assigned to Charlie Company of the 4th Reconnaissance Battalion where he served eight years and specialized in various weaponry. After a short break in service he enlisted as a Senior Airman in the Air Force Reserve. He attended technical school at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas and then was assigned to the 26th Aerial Port Squadron at JBSA-Lackland, Texas, where he held a variety of air transportation leadership positions. He has experience in several joint exercises as well as deployments in direct support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDRING FREEDOM and INHERENT RESOLVE. Prior to his current position, he was the Senior Enlisted Leader for the 433rd Mission Support Group.
2005 Airman Leadership School, Residence, Fairchild AFB, Wash.
2006 Bachelor of Business Administration, Information Systems, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas
2010 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, by correspondence
2010 Master of Business Administration, Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.
2011 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, by correspondence
2011 Joint Senior Noncommissioned Officer Professional Military Education Course, by correspondence
2012 Air Force Reserve Command, Senior Noncommissioned Officer Leadership Course, JBSA-Lackland, Texas
2014 Associates Degree, Transportation Management, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2017 Air Force Reserve Command, Chief Orientation Course, Robins AFB, Ga.
2018 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education II Course, by correspondence
2021 Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.
1. October 1991 - January 1992, Trainee, Unites States Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif.
2. January 1992 - May 1992, School of Infantry, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
3. May 1992 - April 1999, Reconnaissance Man, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas
4. December 2001 – September 2010, Air Transportation Journeyman, 26th Aerial Port Squadron, JBSA-Lackland, Texas (January 2007 - May 2007, Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, Special Handling, 332nd Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, Balad Air Base, Iraq)
5. September 2010 – November 2014, Air Transportation Craftsman, 26th Aerial Port Squadron, JBSA-Lackland, Texas (May 2011 - November 2011, Unit Safety Representative, 455th Expeditionary Aerial Port Squadron, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, May 2014 - November 2014, Flight Chief, Special Handling, 455th Expeditionary Aerial Port Squadron, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan)
6. November 2014 – March 2017, Air Transportation Superintendent, 26th Aerial Port Squadron, JBSA-Lackland, Texas
7. March 2017 – December 2019, Operations Superintendent, 26th Aerial Port Squadron, JBSA-Lackland, Texas (January 2019 – July 2019, Chief Enlisted Manager, 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait)
8. December 2019 – April 2022, Senior Enlisted Leader, 433rd Mission Support Group, JBSA-Lackland, Texas
9. April 2022 – Present, Command Chief, 315th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston, S.C.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
2005 John Levitow Award, Airman Leadership School
2011 433rd Airlift Wing, Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year
2014 433rd Airlift Wing, Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year
2019 Air Force Reserve Command E-9 Key Personnel List
2020 Air Force Reserve Command E-9 Key Personnel List
2021 President, Alamo Wing Chiefs’ Group
2021 Air Force Reserve Command E-9 Key Personnel List
2021 Command Chief Master Sergeant Board Candidate
2022 President, Alamo Wing Chiefs’ Group
2022 Air Force Reserve Command E-9 Key Personnel List
2022 Command Chief Master Sergeant Board Candidate
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Joint Base Charleston Chiefs’ Group
Project Management Institute
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Private April 1, 1991
Private First Class Oct. 1, 1991
Lance Corporal Feb. 1, 1994
Corporal May 1, 1997
Senior Airman Dec. 12, 2001
Staff Sergeant July 1, 2005
Technical Sergeant Dec. 1, 2007
Master Sergeant Jan. 1, 2011
Senior Master Sergeant March 1, 2014
Chief Master Sergeant Oct. 1, 2017
(Current as of May 2022)