California State Office
Nathan (Nate) Gogna doubles as the state fire and aviation training officer and the BLM's national coordinator for the wildland fire apprenticeship program. His position falls under the state office of fire and aviation, but he actually works at the Wildland Fire Training and Convention Center at the former McClellan Air Force Base.
Nate started his careeer with the U.S. Forest Service in 1989 as a seasonal firefighter and forestry technician in the El Dorado National Forest. He then went to the Stanislaus National Forest as a fuels crew member. He worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs for one year before joining BLM in 1998 in Carson City, Nevada. In Carson City he was a range technician, Silver State Hot Shot crew member, squad leader, assistant superintendant and foreman, and superintendent. He also had details as fire operations specialist, assistant fire management officer and senior firefighter, helicopter hotshot crewmember in the Toiyabe National forest.
Nate grew up in Stockton, California, where he attended Lincoln High School and San Joaquin Delta College with studies in fire science. He also has attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas studying land management. Before transferring to BLM-California, Nate lived the past 16 years in Carson, City. He currently lives in Cool with wife Jeanette and two children. Off work he enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, dog training and trail running.