Diego Hernandez Navy

Diego Hernandez, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations

About Diego Hernandez Navy

A 20-year veteran of the United States Navy, CMDR Diego Hernandez has served in various commanding roles on both fast attack and trident missile submarines on both coasts and in all of the world's oceans. His roles have included the positions of navigator, engineer, executive officer, and commanding officer. Recognized for his skillful leadership, Diego Hernandez was instrumental to the safe and successful of countless national security missions.

Since commencing his career, CMDR Hernandez has traveled the equivalent of seven times around the globe in a submarine, and has been deployed to areas such as the Western Caribbean, the North Atlantic and the Persian Gulf. In 2011, he was the commanding officer of the USS Wyoming where he oversaw the first ever integration of female officers into a U.S. Navy submarine crew.

On shore assignments at the staff of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, he provided vital threat and budget analysis that was regularly briefed to the highest levels of government. Today, CDR Hernandez serves as the deputy branch head for manpower and accounting on the OPNAV staff where he works to solve the Navy's manpower problems under today's challenging budgets and limited resources.

Beyond his dedication to and enthusiasm for national service, CMDR Hernandez avidly supports a number of charitable foundations, including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. To date, he has personally raised $5,800 via triathlon events alone. He also enjoys flying and holds a private pilot’s license. 

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