GySgt. Ret. Louis Aviles

Louie Aviles

SIERRA VISTA — A Cochise County resident and former U.S. Marine has been named in a national publication for excellence in food service.

Retired Gunnery Sgt. Louie Aviles has been included in Marquis Who’s Who, which chronicles the lives of accomplished individuals. The publication offers an online database with information on 1.4 million people.

Aviles started Gunny’s Barbeque LLC, a mobile food-service and catering business, in April 2012. In addition to private parties such as graduations and weddings, Gunny’s Barbeque regularly provides authentic Puerto Rican-style barbecue with a Southwestern influence at events organized by schools, businesses and nonprofits.

Gunny’s Barbeque has participated in charitable events held by the Salvation Army, Chosen People Ministries, KWRB Shar-a-thon, Lori’s Place, Peaches Pantry, Thunder Mountain Church, Turning Point, Southern Arizona Humanitarian Aid Resource Alliance and many more.

Though Gunny’s Barbeque was founded in Sierra Vista, Aviles has gone mobile at the request of many fans, including the American Border Patrol, Donovan Dodge and MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) on Fort Huachuca. He has gone into neighboring Arizona communities including Palominas, Bisbee, Benson, Tombstone, Lake Havasu, Flagstaff, Tucson, Morenci, Hereford, Huachuca City and Vail as well as California, New York, Tennessee and Kentucky.

Before starting his own business, Aviles served as a logistics and data entry specialist for the Marine Corps for 20 years and performed a wide range of duties, such as processing logistics requests, managing correspondence between military divisions and developing training programs.

In recognition of his critical contributions to the advancement of the U.S. Marines during the Persian Gulf War, he was bestowed with the Southwest Asia Service Medal and the Kuwait Liberation Medal in 1991. He has been honored with the Meritorious Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Medal. He graduated from the University of Phoenix in Tucson with a baccalaureate of science in information technology. He is a Veteran of Foreign Wars member, American Legion member and soon to be a member of the Elks.

Gunny’s Barbeque was voted in second place for food trucks in 2020 Best of Sierra Vista. Aviles is proud to have established his business with no loans or external funding. In March 2021, RV City in Huachuca City converted his trailer into a mobile food unit. He hopes to open a restaurant in 2022, establishing Gunny’s Barbeque as a franchise and eventually expanding his customer base to South America.