A Look at America’s Next Generation of Fighting Men and Women

Name: Spc. Joe Hernandez


MOS: 56M — chaplain’s assistant

Place of duty: Installation Chaplain’s Office

Time in service: three years

Age: 25

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Family: parents, Joe and Lana Hernandez

Pastimes: “Composing classic and Christian music, watching baseball and cheering for the Dallas Cowboys (football team).

Recent accomplishments: “I recently got the Army Good Conduct Medal.”

How would you describe yourself: “Compassionate, unselfish and humble.”

Worst fear: “I have no fear because I have faith in God.”

One life-changing event: “When I was about 12 years old, I was in a group called the Royal Rangers (a Christian version of the Boy Scouts). We went out in the woods one day to hike, and one of my friends stepped on a beehive. The bees attacked and everybody ran off. He couldn’t move because he was diabetic and allergic to bee stings. He was stung repeatedly. I stayed there with him, and I was stung as well. I stayed until somebody helped me get him out. That incident defined who I am; my integrity, my character. When I was going through basic training, I fractured my left knee in two places. My mom sent a letter to me reminding me of that incident. I look back on it all the time as a source of strength and inspiration.”

What celebrity or historical figure would you like to be: “Abraham Lincoln; despite the unpopularity of his beliefs, he made the right decisions. That took a lot of character and integrity.”

The person I admire the most: “My parents, for the character, integrity and faith they instilled in me through their actions.”

Why I joined the Army: “I joined because I love my country and answered a calling for me to serve those who are serving our country.”

The one thing I would change about the Army: “I would allow facial hair. I had a goatee before I joined and I miss it.”

Best thing about being a Soldier: “I have the privilege of serving my country.”

What I would do for my fellow Soldiers: “I’d give everyone a cash bonus.”

How I would lead Soldiers: “I would lead by setting the example, listening, and putting Soldiers’ needs before my own.”

How should a Soldier best support the mission:

“By doing what they expect you to do, earning their confidence and respect, and just being the best Soldier he/she can be.”

Values: “Faith, friendship, selfless service, integrity and character.”


“My faith in God.”


“My personal goal is to be a man of God, be an outstanding citizen, contribute to my country, and be the best I can be in every aspect of life. Professionally, I want to finish school, get a degree in ministry and become a full-time missionary.”

Compiled by T. Anthony Bell