Tribute to Jaime Hernandezby Senator Harry Reid
Posted on 2013-01-30
REID. Mr. President, I rise to honor a man of great distinction
and valor: Maj. Jaime I. Hernandez of the United States Air Force. It
is my great honor to acknowledge this American hero on the cusp of his
promotion to Lieutenant Colonel.
Jaime is a loving son and a man of perseverance. A loyal Nevadan and American, he hails from Las Vegas. Upon graduating from Bonanza High School in 1994, Jaime entered the Air Force Academy, where he began his noble service to our Nation.
Major Hernandez's promotion to Lieutenant Colonel marks another chapter in his inspiring story. Major Hernandez has risen through the ranks during his time with the Air Force--a testament to his steadfast dedication, unyielding courage, and impressive tactical skill. His career is a decorated one. Major Hernandez has served six combat deployments in support of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, logging more than 2900 hours in flight, 1300 of which were in combat. His work as Chief of Weapons and Tactics for the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron led to hundreds of successful missions. He has proven himself time and again through his B-1 aircraft expertise.
During one of his six overseas deployments, Major Hernandez earned an Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters. While on a mission to safeguard a lost team of Marines in eastern Afghanistan, Jaime and his crew were fired on by a team of insurgents on the ground. In an act of bravery and skill, Jaime and his aerial crew drew fire from the insurgents while the lost Marine ground team could recover and maneuver around the insurgent squad.
Major Hernandez has demonstrated repeatedly his exceptional skill and courage. He has flown across the desert skies of both Iraq and Afghanistan, to provide support for operations there. Over the course of his career, he has served as a squadron Electronic Warfare Officer, Flight Commander, Instructor and Evaluator Weapon Systems Officer, Wing Weapons Officer, and Instructor at the USAF Weapons School.
Major Hernandez is currently the Deputy Division Chief at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, and is responsible for policies and procedures relating to the Combat Air Forces Information Operations. Among other achievements, he graduated in the top third of his class from Squadron Officer's School and received an Outstanding Flying Award from the U.S. Air Force Weapons School.
I laud Maj. Jaime I. Hernandez's dedication to the United States Air Force and country. His father Phillip Hernandez and their family are happy to celebrate Major Hernandez's upcoming promotion on February 1, 2013, to Lieutenant Colonel.