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Karen Hernandez thanks the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce during a ceremony at McCurdy’s Restaurant and Deck on Moonlight Bay in Atlantic Beach, N.C., November 14, 2014. Hernandez was honored for being an exemplary Marine and volunteering in her community. Hernandez dedicated more than 1,000 hours of community service to local organizations like schools and nursing homes. Hernandez is an air support operations operator with Marine Air Support Squadron 1.

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MASS-1 Marine honored as Service Person of the Quarter

19 Nov 2014 | Cpl. U. B. Roberts Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

The Carteret County Chamber of Commerce honored Cpl. Karen Hernandez as the Service Person of the Quarter during a luncheon at McCurdy’s Restaurant and Deck on Moonlight Bay in Atlantic Beach, N.C., Nov. 14.

Hernandez is an air support operations operator with Marine Air Support Squadron 1 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. As an air support operator, Hernandez works anywhere between 50 to 70 hours a week ensuring effective air support operations for her squadron and still allots time to volunteer in the Havelock and Newport communities.

 The Houston native has served as a role model to the Marines in her charge and member of the surrounding community since arriving to Cherry Point in 2011.

“Cpl. Hernandez embodies the Marine Corps core values and demonstrates them to her Marines through her actions,” said 1st Lt. Myles N. Morrow, the 1st platoon commander and air support control officer with MASS-1. “On top of devoting herself to her job, she also has completed thousands of hours volunteering at churches, nursing homes and animal shelters.”

Hernandez has volunteered more than 1,000 hours in the local community in the past 31 months. She has contributed countless hours at the Newport Retirement Home and to Habitat for Humanity.

“Hernandez consistently helps others,” said Morrow. “She always does things that aren’t going to benefit her, but are going to benefit others. There is no one more deserving of this award than her.”

Hernandez’s leadership spoke during the award presentation, highlighting her many accomplishments. Additionally, the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce and other community representatives honored Hernandez with a framed American Flag and other gifts thanking her for her service in the community.

“I volunteer because I enjoy it,” said Hernandez. “There is no better feeling than helping others; seeing a smile on others faces is an award in itself.”

Hernandez likes to support events with music, kids and retirement homes.

“Being honored as the Service person of the Quarter is unreal,” said Hernandez. “I don’t do it to get praised for it or looking for an award; I do it because I get to help people.”

As Hernandez continues her tenure in the Marine Corps, she plans to continue volunteering and encouraging her Marines to volunteer as well.

“The difference starts with you,” said Hernandez. “With every positive action comes a positive result. Be the change you want to see.”


Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point