Douglas deputy returns home after year in Kuwait
After a fourth deployment with the Nevada Army National Guard, Douglas County Deputy Ignacio Gonzales was welcomed home recently with cake and refreshments.
Gonzales has worked for the Sheriff’s Office since 2005 and is assigned to the Jail Division and returned to being a jail training officer, defense tactics and taser instructor under the leadership of Jail Commander Capt. Jim Halsey.
Gonzales was discharged from the military and joined the sheriff’s office, but remained with the Army National Guard.
In 2011 while working as a deputy, he was deployed and went to Afghanistan for a 12-month duty. For his fourth deployment he went to Kuwait for 12 months as he supervised soldiers who were securing the borders.
Gonzales was deployed for six months of while on active duty in 2000 and went to Kosovo. In 2002 while still on active duty he was deployed to Guantanamo Bay for another six months.
One of his duties was to supervise soldiers entering and exiting the country and he said that soldiers would want to take actual dirt home, as a memento of their deployment.
This was a violation of the rules and he reminded soldiers of the rule. He said he understand their desire to take the dirt home.
Gonzales and his fellow soldiers frequently had time pass when not working, and they played Bingo. Gonzales said that returning to civilian life would be challenging, but he was looking forward to being with his family again.
Captain Jim Halsey said he was glad Gonzales was home safe.
“I’m happy to have my friend and employee back to work,” Halsey, a retired Navy SeaBee said. “I value his discipline and skills.”