Captain Raymond Fernandez

Marine Officer Instructor

Captain Fernandez enlisted in the Marine Corps, April 17, 2001 and attended Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California. Upon completion of Boot Camp and Marine Combat Training, Private First Class Fernandez was assigned to 1st FSSG, 1st TSB, Camp Pendleton, California, shortly after was attached to the 13th MEU, ESG 1, 13th MSSG TS Company, where he deployed to Iraq in support of Iraqi Freedom. In 2004, Corporal Fernandez deployed to Iraq for the second time to Camp Fallujah, in support of Phantom Fury as a Team Leader on a Convoy Team.

In July 2009, Sergeant Fernandez deployed to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and participated in Operation Moshtarak.  While attached to CLB 2, CLC 252, Maintenance Company, he served as the Wrecker Chief for 2nd MEB within Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. During this time, Sergeant Fernandez earned both his Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) brown and black belt 1st degree. In April 2010, Sergeant Fernandez returned to GSMT Company where he attended Sergeants Course during September 2010.

The following month, October 2010, Sergeant Fernandez was selected for the Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Education Program. In January 2011, he was ordered to report to Texas A&M University where he majored in Leadership and Development. In December 2013, he graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Leadership and Development and was commissioned in the Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant.

From June 2014 to December 2014, Second Lieutenant Fernandez attended The Basic School (TBS). After graduating TBS Second Lieutenant Fernandez reported to Aviation Supply Officers Course, Newport Rhode Island. Upon graduating the Basic Qualification Course (BQC) Second Lieutenant Fernandez was ordered to report to MCAS, Marine Aviation Logistic Squadron (MALS) 16 aboard Miramar, California.

From September 2016 to April 2017 First Lieutenant Fernandez was attached to the VMM-165 and deployed to Al Jaber, Kuwait in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, SPMAGTF 17.1. First Lieutenant Fernandez served as the MALS DET OIC and was directly responsible for supporting flight line operations.

In October 2017, Captain Fernandez was selected to his current position as the Houston Consortium Marine Officer Instructor, He currently mentors over 65 Navy and Marine option midshipmen, prepping them for commissioning.

Captain Fernandez’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal with one bronze star, and the Combat Action Ribbon.