Kansas Adjutant General's Department
4/11/2011
Contact: Public Affairs Office- Catherine Horner
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Command Sgt. Maj. John Ryan presents a commemorative plaque to retired Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Hernandez, marking his induction into the Kansas National Guard Noncommissioned Officer Hall of Fame.
Command Sgt. Maj. John Ryan presents a commemorative plaque to retired Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Hernandez, marking his induction into the Kansas National Guard Noncommissioned Officer Hall of Fame.

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Maj. Gen. (KS) Lee Tafanell, the adjutant general, congratulates retired Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Hernandez on his induction into the Noncommissioned Officer Hall of Fame.
Maj. Gen. (KS) Lee Tafanell, the adjutant general, congratulates retired Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Hernandez on his induction into the Noncommissioned Officer Hall of Fame.

 
Hernandez inducted into Noncommissioned Officer Hall of Fame
 

The Kansas National Guard added a new name to the ranks of honored noncommissioned officers Sunday, April 10, as officials for the Noncommissioned Officer Hall of Fame hosted an induction ceremony at the Kansas Regional Training Institute in Salina, Kan., for retired Command Sgt. Maj. Michael W. Hernandez.

This is the second year of the Noncommissioned Officer Hall of Fame. Past Hall of Fame inductees range from Soldiers who gave the greatest sacrifice in the line-of-duty while deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Michael W. Hernandez

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Michael W. Hernandez graduated from Argentine High School in Kansas City, Kan. Due to his enlistment, he never got attend his graduation and therefore his parents accepted his diploma.

He enlisted in the United States active Army in July 1945 and served until January 1947 as an anti-tank crewman. During his enlistment he was assigned to Intelligence, Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, as a driver and interpreter in Augsburg, Germany.

Hernandez enlisted in August 1958 with the Kansas National Guard as an intelligence sergeant with the Headquarters, 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry. After completion of required noncommissioned officer leadership courses, he was assigned to the position of first sergeant for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry in 1962.

In May 1968, Hernandez, mobilized with the 69th Infantry Brigade to Fort Carson, Colo. During the mobilization he completed the Recondo School (at the age of 42) and the Jungle Training at Panama, in preparation for a possible deployment to Vietnam.

Shortly after, Hernandez was selected to be the battalion sergeant major for Headquarter, 169th Support Battalion in 1972. He served as the battalion command sergeant major until October 1984.

His civilian occupation was with the U.S. Army Maps Services for 26 years, from 1953-1979. Prior to starting his career in cartography, he graduated from Pittsburg State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in education in 1953.

His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Good Conduct Medal with two knot devices, Kansas National Guard Achievement, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, World War II Occupation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two hourglass, Army Service Ribbon, Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon with a bronze numeral four device, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Kansas Army National Guard State Emergency Duty Service Ribbon, Kansas National Guard Service Medal (25 years), Jungle Expert Badge, Sharpshooter Badge in rifle and Recondo (RECONnaissance and CommanDO) Badge.

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