Admiral Edmundo Gonzalez was born in Valparaiso on 17th April 1956. After studying at the "Mackay School" in Viña del Mar, he joined the Naval Academy "Arturo Prat" and was commissioned an Ensign on 1st January 1975 to perform the XXth Instruction Cruise on board the Training Ship "Esmeralda".
As junior officer, he served on board CL "Capitan Prat", DDG "Almirante Riveros, DDG "Almirante Williams" and LM "Chipana•
His seagoing appointments included LM "Iquique", PFG "Almirante Lynch" and Training Ship "Esmeralda".
Amongst his shore duties, we can stand out his position as instructor at the Seaman Apprentice School "Alejandro Navarrete Cisterna" and at the Navy Weapons School; Aide to the Minister of National Defense; HQ Commander-in-Chief Fourth Naval Zone; Deputy Director Naval Academy "Arturo Prat"; Secretary to the Commander-in-Chief of the Navy and Professor of the Naval War College, Chief of Professorship and finally Director.
Admiral Gonzalez is majored in Gunnery and Missiles and he is a Staff Officer. He holds the professional degree of Weapons Engineer with a major in Gunnery and Missiles and a Bachelor's degree in Naval and Maritime Sciences, with a major in Gunnery and Missiles. He is also a graduate from the United States Naval War College in Newport and he was part of the International Program of the Naval Command College. He owns the academic degrees of Master in Naval and Maritime Sciences, with a major in Geopolitics and a Master's in Sciences, with a major in Management from the Salve Regina University, Rhode Island, United States.
Amongst his overseas postings, we can stand out his position in the Strike Craft Flotilla Training School at the South African Navy and as invited and concurrent research professor of the Strategic Research Program at the US Naval War College.
As from 23rd December 2003 he filled duties as Deputy Chief Navy General Staff.
On 21st April 2004 he was promoted to Commodore.
On 16th December 2004 he took office as Commander-in-Chief Third Naval Zone.
On 1st January 2005 the Supreme Government promoted him to Rear Admiral.
On December 2006 he took over as Commander in Chief of the Southern Military Region, with HQ in the city of Punta Arenas, being the first Navy Officer to be appointed to this command.
On 1st January 2008 the Supreme Government promoted him to Vice Admiral and he took over as Director General of the Maritime Territory and Merchant Marine.
As from 18th June 2009 he was promoted to Admiral and took over as Commander-in-Chief of the Navy.
Admiral Gonzalez is married to the former Patricia Corssen and they have five children.