Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - Commander Noel J. Gonzalez has a deep appreciation for where he is today because of where he came from.
He was born in Cuba and spent the first 10 years of his life there before moving to Spain and then to the United States.
Now he is the commanding officer of the USS Cheyenne, one of the most capable nuclear attack submarines in the world.
"It's just part of me giving the nation back for what they did, what the nation did and the way that the nation opened the doors for myself and my family,” said Gonzalez.
Gonzalez was invited to Cheyenne by the Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee. It's a trip he's been meaning to make for two years to meet the city that his crew has had an incredible relationship with.
"Even though we're so far away from Cheyenne. This city, this Military Affairs Committee, the relationship that we have with Cheyenne is unbreakable," he said.
Despite being stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the USS Cheyenne has a unique relationship that most other boats don't have with their host city.
"It is unique in a way that our relationship is extremely tight and close. Some other boats don't have the type of relationship. Some other boats don't actually see their name sakes city at all," said Gonzalez.
Gonzalez will only be commanding the USS Cheyenne for a few more months, but he says he would describe his time commanding Cheyenne as nothing short of fantastic.