5th Armor Brigade Commander
COL Raul E. Gonzalez

5th Armor Commander

Colonel Raul E. Gonzalez was born in Bayomon, Puerto Rico. He is a Distinguished Military Graduate from Evangel University in Springfield, Mo., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Government. Colonel Gonzalez entered active duty service in the Infantry Branch on Oct. 28, 1991.

Following his commission, Colonel Gonzalez attended the Infantry Officers Basic Course, U.S. Army Ranger School, and was subsequently assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment “Air Assault” at Fort Campbell, Ky., where he served as a Rifle and Scout Platoon Leader. Following a short tour in Sinai, Egypt, Colonel Gonzalez was assigned to 3rd Ranger Battalion at Fort Benning, Ga., where served as a Ranger Rifle Platoon Leader for Bravo Company 3/75.

After completion of the Infantry Officers Advanced Course, Colonel Gonzalez served as Assistant Professor of Military Science at Virginia Tech University. He then completed Combined Arms Service Staff School and was assigned to the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment at Fort Bragg, N.C. There he served as Regimental Adjutant and commanded Charlie Company and HHC 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Upon conclusion of his second command Colonel Gonzalez served as an Infantry Advisor in American Samoa for two infantry companies of the 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Brigade.

Colonel Gonzalez later graduated from the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS, and earned a master’s degree in Management from Webster University. Following this tour, he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, in the Republic of South Korea, where he served as the Battalion Executive Officer. After serving on the De-militarized Zone for a year, he deployed to Al Anbar Province, Iraq to conduct combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Colonel Gonzalez returned after a yearlong deployment and served as the Brigade Operations Officer (S3) for the 196 Infantry Brigade at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. In August 2007, he deployed back to Iraq and joined the 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division in the Kirkuk Province to serve as the Brigade Deputy Commander

In January 2008, Colonel Gonzalez assumed command of 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment “Wolfhounds” Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Later in October 2008, he deployed the “No Fear” Battalion to Bayji, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following Battalion Command, Colonel Gonzalez assumed command of Detachment Four Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command. There he provided command and control to 18 Joint Recovery Teams deployed worldwide in search for unaccounted for Service Members. Colonel Gonzalez recently graduated from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island where he earned a masters degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.

Colonel Gonzalez’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster), the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4th Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster), the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, the Multinational Force Observer Ribbon, the Army Master Parachutist Badge, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Ranger Tab.

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