Chief Master Sergeant Arthur Fernandez Jr.

Chief 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 Guard.

Texas Air National Guard


Chief Master Sergeant Arthur Fernandez Jr.