PO1 Kenya Hernandez is a New Jersey native, who enlisted in the U.S. Navy after graduating North Bergen High in 2002. She completed her Associate’s degree in General Studies at Central Texas College.
Kenya is currently serving her sixth duty station in Millington, Tennessee. Not only is she serving, but she’s also raising two little boys, ages one and six, while their father on deployment. Needless to say, her hands are full, and her balancing act is unmatched.
She has been on active duty for the past 15 years. She’s been stationed in Jacksonville, Florida; Yokosuka, Japan; and San Diego, California.
Kenya has been deployed on both six month and three month deployments while stationed on the USS Gettysburg (CG64), where her crew was a part of a pirate hunting operation off the coast of Somalia, to keep shipping vessels safe.
While stationed on the USS Carl Vinson (CVN70), she served a ten month deployment fighting ISIS.
Her awards include seven Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, a Navy Commendation Medal, and four Sailor of the Quarter Wins.
In the next five years, Kenya plans to retire and be a full-time mommy to her little ones.