Command Master Chief
Command Master Chief Hernandez was a native of and raised in Uvalde, Texas. He graduated from Uvalde High School in May 1996 and entered the U.S. Navy, attending basic training in Great Lakes in January 1997.
Master Chief Hernandez attended Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Apprentice School in NAS Pensacola, and his first duty assignment was aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) in Norfolk, Virginia, where he served as an Arresting Gear technician and a Maintenance Support Work Center Supervisor. He then reported to Naval Recruiting District, San Diego, and was the LEADS Department Leading Petty Officer.
In 2004, he reported aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) where he was selected for Chief Petty Officer, serving as the Arresting Gear LCPO and the ALRE Maintenance Control LCPO. In September of 2009, he reported to NTTC Lackland where he was assigned as the Corrections Specialist/Counselor “C” school LCPO. He was selected for Senior Chief and was reassigned to the Master at Arms “A” school LCPO position.
In January of 2013, he reported aboard USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) and was the Training Department and V2 Division LCPO. He was selected for the Command Master Chief program in 2016 with follow on duty as the CMC for HSC-7 “Dusty Dogs.” In August 2018, Master Chief Hernandez checked aboard USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6) and is the current CMC.
Master Chief Hernandez is a graduate of the United States Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 170 “Gray” and the Command Master Chief Course, Class 158 in Newport, RI.
His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards), and various other personal and unit awards. He is also qualified as an Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Information Warfare Specialist and a Master Training Specialist.
Master Chief Hernandez is married to Rachel Hernandez and has two children, Joe and Victoria.