By choice, many of us serve voluntarily in the CSMR. In doing so, we accomplish many things. All too often, what isn’t known, or verbally expressed, is how we serve our communities outside from the military; and, what we do to give back to those that support us the most.
There are some that serve who are also coaches, scout masters and mentors. More often than not, they go unrecognized; but, I am here to tell about a generous Soldier who’s always there when his unit, or others, need him.
His name is Spec. Hector Gomez Sr. He is with the 3d Bn and works in the S-1 shop. He is an active member of the unit’s color guard team, helps with civil support, as well as range missions. As a civilian, Gomez works with young criminals in the juvenile hall system.
He thrives to give back to the children and youth in his community in a positive manner. He began by coaching softball for his step-daughter 10 years ago. That was a short lived adventure, being that his step-daughter didn’t take a-liking to softball. Then he found an opportunity to give back to the local kids in his small town of Temple City. Five years ago, his young son started playing football. Within a year, Gomez would become an active volunteer in the program.
What started out as just wanting to mentor youth has turned into a coaching career. Now his role is the teams conditioning and special teams coach. He coaches the 8-10 year old Gremlin Division tackle kids. Many of the kids look up to Gomez and look forward to him coming back every season.
This bond with the community has stretched past the football field. Gomez has been given two awards by the Temple City Council for leading the team to the championships as well as helping the kids to maintain the second highest grade point average (GPA) and sportsmanship points in the conference. Many of the kids and parents often recognize him throughout the community. They thank him for his service in the military, as well as a coach.
I want to shine the light on a local home town hero and say thank you and good work to one of our own – Spec. Hector Gomez Sr.