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 MSgt. Jose "Gonzo" Gonzalez

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Name MSgt. Jose Gonzalez
Unit 4th Fighter Squadron "Fightin' Fuujins"
Crewing F-16s
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Started out on T-38 in 1985, then OV-10's, RF-4 between 1988-1989, and did 4 1/2 years working Transient Alert between 1992-1997 at which time I launched, recovered, serviced just about everything in US inventory.


Deployed to Balad AB with 4 FS for almost 6 months. Best experience in my AF career.

My Jets & Assignments

AT-38 Talon
Unit Laughlin AFB, TX
Period 1985 - 1987
Best jet you can start working on as a crew chief.
F-4 Phantom II
Unit Osan, AB Korea
Period 1988 - 1989
Also worked OV-10 19th AMU, Osan AB, Korea
F-16 Phase
Unit Homestead AFB, FL
Period 1989 - 1992
Homestead, AFB, FL one of the best base ever. Too bad Huricane Andrew came and wiped out the base and all it was close for active duty personnel
Unit Transient ALERT
Period 1992 - 1997
There are many interesting stories while working this assignment but the 2 that stand out was the time I was the RED HAT on an aircraft lift while doing crash recovery. Two jets had mid-air collision over the runway. One landed safely though damaged. The other wasn't so lucky, pilot ejected and the jet crashed on the runway. Jet was badly damaged but intact. I was selected as team chief of the recovery operations, my team and I removed jet from runway without any major issues in minimal time. My other interesting story was when one on my crew chief was recvovery an F-18. I was ramp rat at the time and noticed both main gear brakes ignite on fire as he was pulling into chocks. My transient team and I got pilot out of aircraft and proceeded to extinguish the fire. It was job well done which saved the aircraft from further damage.
87375 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 80th Fighter Squadron "Juvats" [Unit History]
Period 1997 - 1998
Current: 87375  USAF 18 AGRS F-16D Block 30 [act]
88169 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 308th Fighter Squadron "Emerald Knights" [Unit History]
Period 1998 - 1999
Current: 88169  USAF 311 FS F-16D Block 42 [act]
87354 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 308th Fighter Squadron "Emerald Knights" [Unit History]
Period 1999 - 1999
Current: 87354  USAF 8 FS F-16C Block 40 [act]

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