JD says “Proudly, my first flight in the Texas Air National Guard was a check ride with the great Les Leavoy. As a young Fighter Pilot, I could not have had a better Mentor.”
JD is the co-owner of a consulting company, Garza-English & Associates, and is currently consulting for the United States Air Force where he is evaluating, standardizing, and replacing outdated Information Systems.
He spent seven years enlisted service in the United States Marine Corps and then transferred to the United States Air Force where he graduated as a distinguished graduate from Officer Candidate School and served his remaining years as a Fighter Pilot. He received many rewards for serving his country throughout his career. After 37 years of military service, he retired in 2003. JD also retired as an International Pilot for American Airlines.
In his years of volunteer service, he served on the Board of the Mental Health Association in Greater San Antonio, the San Antonio Airport Advisory Board and was the Texas Air National Guard Community Liaison Officer. Other volunteer activities included many years of mentoring at-risk students, building homes for Habitat for Humanity, and the Children’s Hospital fund-raisers.
JD is the Vice-Chair and Treasurer of the Classical Music Institute in San Antonio. His interest in music greatly increased over the years because of his son, Joseph Gonzalez, who is now a premiere percussionist.
Excerpted from Col. JD English | Classical Music Institute (cmi-sa.org)
- 1966-1972 USMC
- 1972-2003 USAF/Texas ANG (F-100, F-4, F-16)
Awards & Decorations
F-100 (1,243 hrs)
F-4 (1,079 hrs)
F-16 (1,108 hrs)
Military & Civilian Education
- 11 Military Correspondence Courses
- Squadron Officers School
- Air Command & Staff
- Air War College
- AAS/Computer Science – San Antonio College
- BBA/Industrial Management – the University of Texas at Austin
- MBA/Operations Management – St Mary’s University