MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. --
The Havelock Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee presented the Service Family of the Quarter Award to Cpl. Francisco Rodriguez Hernandez Jr. and his wife, Jessica, at the Carolina Grill in Havelock, N.C., Tuesday.
Francisco is the noncommissioned officer in charge of barracks managers for Marine Aircraft Group 14 and despite the high demands of his job, he and his wife find the time to volunteer at their church, multiple base events and with Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that helps build families affordable homes.
“Every day Cpl. Rodriguez is full of life,” said Gunnery Sgt. Robert A. Jacobson, who nominated the family, and is the first sergeant for Personnel Support Detachment 14. “He’s an outstanding and well balanced Marine.”
Jessica combines her efforts with her husband's by volunteering with a few squadrons aboard the air station, helping them with pre-deployment briefs, mid-deployment events and other squadron functions. She also assists at her church and at a local soup kitchen in New Bern, N.C.
“We are very passionate about what we do and we enjoy being able to give back to the community,” said Jessica.
The Rodriguez's do most of their volunteering together, selflessly giving countless hours of their free time to help others.
“It’s a blessing to be recognized,” said Francisco. “We weren’t expecting the award.”
Apart from giving their free time to helping others, the couple is also undergoing the process of becoming foster parents for Craven County’s Social Services. They hope to provide a good home to children who are in need and make a positive difference in their lives.
Their mission is to continually “pay it forward” by putting others first, they said.