|CDR Manuel Hernandez
Commander Manuel Hernandez, originally from Mexico City, Mexico, enlisted in the Navy in 1992, and was commissioned through the Seaman to Admiral Program in 1997.
At sea, he served as Engineering Officer in USS THACH (FFG 43), Auxiliaries Officer in USS REUBEN JAMES (FFG 57), Communications Officer in USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG 53), and as a Machinist Mate in USS SHASTA (AE 33).
Ashore, he served as Engineering Assessor, Afloat Training Group Pacific; Executive Officer, U.S. Central Command J5 Coalition Coordination Center; Congressional Liaison for Strategy and Policy, DON Office of Legislative Affairs; and as a Strategic Planner in the International Engagements Directorate (OPNAV N52) on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C.
Most recently, CDR Hernandez was a National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is a co-author of Powering the Armed Forces: Meeting the Military’s Energy Challenges.
CDR Hernandez earned a Bachelor of Science from Old Dominion University and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
His decorations and awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), and various unit awards and service ribbons.