Patriot of the Week
Name and Rank: Sgt. First Class Benjamin Hernandez
Duty Section: NCO in charge of the Massachusetts Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors
Hometown: Enfield, Connecticut
Why I serve: Simply put, I want to give all that I can to the U.S. Army and to my country.
Best memory: Ironically, learning to swim better in order to pass the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge competition; a grueling swim event that tries Soldiers’ will to survive and succeed.
Supervisors' comments: Sgt. First Class Benjamin Hernandez is a noncommissioned officer of the highest caliber.
He serves as NCO in charge of the Massachusetts National Guard Military Funeral Honors program. He performs this role perfectly.
The program ranked third in the nation, for volume, performing 4,300 funeral honors annually.
Sergeant Hernandez leads Honor Guard team members to provide high quality, high-visibility, military funeral details and Honorable Transfer ceremonies to honor service members in transition to their final resting places.
Hernandez and his team also perform casualty notification and casualty assistance in support of next of kin and family members. He approaches each mission with the utmost care whether he is honoring a general officer or a private.
The critical military funeral honors mission runs smoothly, thanks to Sgt. First Class Hernandez.
(Capt. David Schwab)