Texas Military Forces
Hall of Honor
Master Sergeant Arthur Fernandez Jr., enlisted in the Texas Air National
Guard in June of 1962. He attended Basic Military Training at Lackland
Air Force Base and technical training at Chanute Air Force Base before
returning to the 149th Fighter Wing.
Chief Master Sergeant Fernandez was promoted to NCOIC of the Aerospace
Ground Support Equipment Section in 1981. While assigned in this
capacity he planned and conducted several world wide conferences at
Kelly Air Force Base. One of his notable contributions was the
preparation of equipment for enhanced mobility configurations, which is
still in use today.
Chief Master Sergeant Fernandez was promoted to Superintendent/NCOIC of
the Field Maintenance Branch in March of 1989. After nearly thirty eight
years of outstanding service with the 149th Fighter Wing, he was
assigned as Command Chief Master Sergeant.
Chief Master Sergeant Fernandez helped design and develop the Chief's
Executive Course and in July of 2000 the Director of the Air National
Guard made him the program manager. As manager of the Chief's Executive
Course he provided advice regarding content, direction and status of the
course directly to the Director of the Air National Guard.
Chief Master Sergeant Fernandez's military awards include the Texas
Faithful Service Medal, Texas Outstanding Service Medal, Texas Medal of
Merit, Texas Distinguished Service Medal, Governor's Unit Citation,
National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force
Commendation Medal and the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal.
His professional memberships and affiliations include the Air Force
Sergeant's Association, the Enlisted National Guard Association of the
United States, National Guard Association of Texas, Non-Commissioned
Officers Association. He is a former Vice-President of the San Antonio
Area Special Emphasis Hispanic Council, and former Enlisted Field
Advisory Council Chairman for the National Guard Bureau.
Chief Master Sergeant Fernandez's thirty eight years of distinguished
service formed a legacy of competency and commitment that resulted in
outstanding accomplishments. His career achievements reflect the highest
credit upon himself his family, the State of Texas and the Air National
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