Brigadier General Fernando Fernandez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps upon graduating from the University of Puerto Rico ROTC Program in 1983.
His military education includes the Quartermaster Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Associate Logistics Executive Development Course, Army Command and General Staff Officer Course, Canadian Security Studies Program and the Army War College. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration from the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras and a Master’s Degree of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.
His military awards include the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Badge and Colombia’s Reserve Military Merit Medal. He is also a recipient of the Distinguished Order of Saint Martin, the General Brehon B. Somervell Medal of Excellence and was inducted into the Army ROTC National Hall of Fame as part of its inaugural class in 2016.
Brigadier General Fernandez’s past military assignments include service as Commander, 393d Corps Support Battalion, Director of Logistics, Victory Base Complex Garrison Command, Baghdad, Iraq, Deputy Chief of Staff, G1, 65th Regional Readiness Command, Commander, 166th Regional Support Group and Commanding General, 1st Mission Support Command, Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico.