Fernando O. Gonzalez
Staff Sergeant and Army Reserve Career Counselor in Saint Petersburg, Florida
As a Career Counselor, I am responsible for the retention of US Army Reserve (USAR) Soldiers and assist with the transfer of qualified Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) and Army National Guard (ARNG) Soldiers to Reserve Units in Florida. I also conduct retention and transition training and manage retention and transition support activities.
Contact me if you have questions about the Army Reserve – especially if you are currently in the IRR or National Guard and are interested in the many career opportunities available to you in the Army Reserve.
Benefits and incentives available to Army Reserve Troop Program Unit (TPU) and Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA or DIMA) Soldiers include, but are not limited to:
• Access to Tricare Health and Dental Insurance
• Tuition Assistance: up to $4,500 per year
• Life Insurance (SGLI): up to $400,000
I enlisted in the Army Reserve in 2003 as a Chemical Operations (CBRN) Specialist. (MOS: 74D) While deployed, I had the opportunity to work with joint and multi-national forces and learn how to apply my CBRN skills and training in a real-world tactical environment. In 2013, I was selected for an assignment as an Active, Guard, and Reserve (AGR) Soldier. In 2015, I attended the Army Reserve Career Counselor Course (MOS: 79V) and I relocated to Florida in 2016 to begin this exciting and challenging new step in my career.
I graduated Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Purchase Colege in May 2012 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in both History and Political Science and a minor in Asian Studies. While studying at Purchase, I spent one semester in Osaka, Japan at Kansai Gaidai University - 関西外大. I am a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi) and was selected as the Senior Class Speaker for Commencement through a highly competitive application and audition process. I am currently working toward my Master's Degree.
I have professional experience in the Retail, Information Technology, and Higher Education Administration sectors.
Soldiers: Contact me today to discuss your career options in the US Army Reserve!