In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Iron Rakkasans recognize 1LT Seth Gonzales, who served the Battalion from September 2019 to September 2020 as a Platoon Leader in Angel Company. He is now on his way to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in Fort Benning, GA.
Tell us about your Hispanic Heritage: "Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, I am Mexican-American, biracial, and proud of my Hispanic heritage. Faith and family are heavily emphasized in Hispanic communities, and mine was no different. Both have brought me to this point in my life, and will continue to guide my military career and beyond."
"Regardless of what the future holds, my heritage reminds me to keep God, my family, and my country foremost in all endeavors."
What was your inspiration to serve and eventually attend West Point?
The loss of family friend, SSG Joshua Mills, during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in September 2009 provided the initial inspiration to serve. The continued guidance of my mentor, the late J.J. Preston (USMC, Retired), pushed me to earn a spot at West Point and commission as an Infantry officer.
How was your experience as part of the Iron Rakkasan Battalion?
I have been nothing short of fortunate in my career to have tremendous Soldiers, NCOs, peers, and superiors, who have allowed me to serve them, and be part of successful organizations. My time as part of the Iron Rakkasans was made worthwhile by the Soldiers of 2/A/3-187IN, my Platoon Sergeant, now 1SG Raymond Harrington, and the Company, Battalion, and Brigade command teams, that paved the way for successful operations at home and along the southern border. Their support allowed me to earn a place with the 75th Ranger Regiment, where I will work to contribute to this elite unit's tradition of excellence. Regardless of what the future holds, my heritage reminds me to keep God, my family, and my country foremost in all endeavors.
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) 10/1/2020