Branch Chief, Aerospace Engineer
U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Research,
Development & Engineering Center
U.S. Army RDECOM
Humberto Hernandez, Jr. is currently a Branch Chief responsible for the continued airworthiness of all aircraft undergoing field and depot maintenance as part of the Army Aviation Engineering Directorate (AED). He reached this position after an impressive 35-year career as an engineer, with 32 of those years in direct support of Army Aviation.
The contract actions he manages today account for more than $25 million worth of special engineering projects per year. The continuous improvement projects he directs generate $70 to 100 million in Value Engineering per year, as well.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Hernandez has taken on numerous significant positions, including roles serving as the senior engineer on multiple high-profile aircraft platforms like the CH-47 Chinook helicopter. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A & I University, and he’s a graduate of the Maintainability Engineering program at AMC School of Engineering and Logistics at the Red River Army Depot in Texarkana, Texas. He’s won several awards and citations during his career, including a Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Value Engineering Awards; several Special Act Awards; numerous Exceptional Performance Awards; four Quality Step Increases; and two Exceptional Performance Increases.
Mr. Hernandez has taken a consistent interest in outreach and mentoring throughout his career, with an emphasis on junior engineers and public school students. He is also an avid bowler who owns his own Bowling Pro shop.
-By Vinnie Longobardo