|Birth: ||Jun. 7, 1966|
El Paso County
|Death: ||Apr. 2, 2003, Iraq|
Army Master Sgt Fernandez was assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Fernandez died after being shot in Northern Iraq. The soldiers were surrounded on a ridge in the mountains in Northern Iraq, George realizing they were not going to get out, jumped in his humvee and drove directly into enemy lines. The others were able to escape through the opening he created. Andy was the third generation of his family to serve as a senior noncommissioned officer. He served not out of a sense of family obligation, but out of a sense of patriotic duty. He loved America and was proud to be a part of the Special Operations community. In 1992, he enlisted as an infantryman and was assigned in November 2002 to the Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. His awards, decorations, and badges include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, multiple Army Commendation and Achievement Medals, the prestigious Ranger Tab, Military Freefall Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and Expert Infantry Badge. For his courageous actions as an American warrior in combat, the Army posthumously awarded Master Sergeant Fernandez the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, the Purple Heart, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge. Andy leaves behind his wife, Kathryn, and son.
NOTE: Shortly after his death, a base camp in Iraq was named in George's honor — Camp Fernandez-Long-Plank. On August 30, 2009, George Fernandez's parents were presented with a piece of that camp when American Legion Post 382 in Navarre, Florida gave them a flag flown there on July 4.
Created by: Brenda N
Record added: May 01, 2005
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