Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Marine Corps Veteran Steven Gonzalez, who served for 12 years as a distribution management specialist and career planner.
Steven Gonzalez joined the Marine Corps in 2003. He worked as a distribution management specialist and career planner, serving through administrative work in the fields of logistics and human resources.
From 2003 to 2007, Gonzalez worked as a logistics manager and distribution management specialist. He managed the supply chain for military bases in Virginia, North Carolina and Japan. Gonzalez also negotiated supplier contracts, organized storage facility operations and performed other tasks associated with maintaining organization in shipments of consumer goods to his assigned bases.
In 2007, while stationed in North Carolina, Gonzalez began a new role as a human resource manager and career planner. He assisted military recruitment efforts and managed human resource teams. He was human resource manager of the year for three years during this time. Gonzalez was a human resource manager in California, Iraq, Virginia, Texas and Washington, D.C. During his time as a human resource manager, Gonzalez also supported Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2013, Gonzalez became a public relations director in Texas and Oklahoma. He coordinated a variety of events for service members, including retirement ceremonies, funerals, community events and team building events. He also supervised marketing and public outreach operations.
Gonzalez discharged from the Marine Corps in 2015. Over the course of his service, he received a Marine Corps and Navy Achievement Medal, a Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, an Iraq Campaign Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and a Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon.
After his separation from the armed forces, Gonzalez attended Texas Christian University, where he completed bachelor’s degrees in news and media studies and history. He served as the president of the campus chapter of the Student Veterans Alliance.
Gonzalez went on to complete an Executive Master of Business Administration at Texas Christian University. He currently works as the director of business services at Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County in Texas.
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This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.
Writer: Maggie Thomas
Editors: Julia Pack, Annabelle Colton
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