Major Hernandez was the ATC Facility Officer from 1 Aug 2014 to 15 Jun 2017.

Major Jose Ricardo "Ricky" Hernandez was born in Canoga Park, California and raised in Los Angeles County’s San Fernando Valley. He graduated from Reseda High School in 1993 and enlisted into the United States Marine Corps in May 1995. After recruit training he reported to the School of Infantry, Camp Pendleton, California for Marine Combat Training (MCT) followed by Marine Corps Service Support Schools (MCSSS), Camp Johnson, North Carolina for training as a 3531 Motor Vehicle Operator.

In December 1995, PFC Hernandez reported for duty to Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 (MWSS-371) aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona. While serving with MWSS-371, PFC Hernandez was promoted to Lance Corporal in February 1996, recognized as the Marine of the Month in July 1996, meritoriously promoted to Corporal in September 1996, selected for the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) program in December 1997, and promoted to Sergeant in January of 1998.

Sergeant Hernandez received PCS orders in the summer of 1998 and reported to Naval Education and Training Center (NETC) Newport, Rhode Island for service as a BOOST student. Upon successful completion of BOOST, Sergeant Hernandez was selected for the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) and reported to the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Unit at the University of New Mexico (UNM) in Albuquerque, New Mexico for duty as a MECEP student. While serving with the NROTC unit at UNM, Sergeant Hernandez successfully completed Officer Candidate School in the summer of 2000, was promoted to Staff Sergeant in the fall of 2002, and earned two Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Mass Communication and Spanish. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in May of 2003.

Upon graduation from UNM, Second Lieutenant Hernandez reported to The Basic School (TBS) in Quantico, Virginia in June of 2003 and earned the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 7220, Air Traffic Control Officer. After successful completion of TBS, Second Lieutenant Hernandez reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida for training as a Marine Air Traffic Control Officer. Upon successful completion, Second Lieutenant Hernandez reported to Marine Air Control Squadron-1, Air Traffic Control Detachment B (MACS-1 ATC Det B), aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. While serving with MACS-1 Det B, Second Lieutenant Hernandez deployed twice in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) July 2004 to February 2005 where he served as the Air Traffic Control Operations Officer in Al Qaim, Iraq and from January to June of 2006 where he served as the Marine Air Traffic Control Mobile Team (MMT) Officer in Charge of four geographically displaced MMTs - Al Qa’im, Fallujah, Ramadi, and Ar Rutbah.

In August of 2006, 1st Lieutenant Hernandez received Temporary Additional Duty (TAD) orders to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) as the Marine Air Control Group (MACG) MMT OIC. While serving aboard the USS Bonhomme-Richard (LHD 6) with the 13th MEU, 1st Lieutenant Hernandez deployed for a third time in support of OIF 6.8 and was promoted to Captain in October of 2007.

Captain Hernandez returned to MACS-1 Det B in November of 2007 and in the spring of 2008 he was selected to attend the Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS) in Quantico, VA. Upon completion of EWS in May 2009, Captain Hernandez reported to Marine Corps Recruiting Station Los Angeles (MCRSLA) where he served as both the Operations Officer and the Executive Officer. During his three years of service with RSLA the recruiting station earned distinction as one of the Commandant’s Superior Achiever recruiting stations for three years running and was also recognized as Western Recruiting Region’s Most Improved Recruiting Station for fiscal year 2011.

In the summer of 2012, Captain Hernandez received orders to report to Marine Air Control Squadron-1, Air Traffic Control Detachment A (MACS-1 ATC Det A), aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California where he served as the Detachment Commander. While serving with MACS-1 ATC Det A Captain Hernandez’s Marines supported many real-world operations including Operation Enduring Freedom, and a variety of training exercises including Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) and Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course. Captain Hernandez was promoted to his present rank in February of 2014.

Major Hernandez’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars, the Navy Achievement Medal with gold star, and the Good Conduct Medal with bronze star.

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