FEATURED WARRIOR: Staff Sgt. Lilia M. Gonzalez, 647th Security Forces Squadron

Warrior of the Week Staff Sgt. Lilia Gonzalez, 647th Security Forces Squadron, (left) processes about 1,500 base access requests a week at the Pass and ID office. Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Stolz

Ensign Britney Duesler

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Affairs

Staff Sgt. Lilia Gonzalez, a Seattle, Washington native, has been named this week’s Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) Warrior of the Week.

Since joining the Air Force to be part of a larger team and see the world, Gonzalez has managed to travel to some of the most exciting duty stations in the Air Force.

“I’ve been incredibly lucky in my career. I was first stationed in Aviano, Italy for three years, then Osan, South Korea, and now here in paradise,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez is responsible for processing all event and foreign visitor requests for Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, the station with the largest workload in the nation. She processes about 1,500 requests per week, ensuring only authorized personnel are granted access to the installation.

Her supervisor, Master Sgt. Roy Lock, attributes much of Joint Base Security Forces’ success to Gonzalez.

“Because of her impeccable work, she single handedly processes all requests without any delay. She ensures 88,000 personnel and $6.5 billion in Navy and Air Force assets are secure. She is no doubt a warrior of the week,” Lock said.

Gonzalez, after one year and four months of being stationed at JBPHH, is also the second in command for the Denials and Waivers program, as well as the Flight Fund Monitor and Facility Manager for her command.

“My favorite thing about my job is all the connections I make with so many different organizations. I meet a lot of people from different agencies/sections and learn a little about what their job entails,” Gonzalez said.

In addition to her demanding duties, she still finds time to pursue her degree in biomedicine, stay connected with our community by hiking and enjoying the outdoors around the island, and playing on her command’s soccer team.

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