Major Lucas Hernandez was born on October 2, 1977 in Oakland, California. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in March 1997 and received the MOS of 0451, Parachute Rigger. He was ultimately promoted to the rank of Sergeant and deployed in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) 1. Major Hernandez received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Criminal Justice from San Jose State University, and was later commissioned a Second Lieutenant in March 2005.
As a Student Naval Aviator, he completed the Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) program at Vance Air Force Base, Enid, Oklahoma, and Advanced Helicopter Training at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida. Upon his designation as a Naval Aviator, Major Hernandez reported to Camp Pendleton, California, for training as a CH-46 pilot, and was subsequently assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron - 161 (HMM-161) at MCAS Miramar, in March 2008. While serving with HMM-161, he deployed in support of OIF 08.2 and held billets in the S-1 and S-3.
In May 2010, Major Hernandez was redesignated an Air Defense Control Officer, and in August 2010 reported to Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron – 38 (MTACS-38) at MCAS Miramar. While there he served as the Tactical Air Command Center (TACC) Company Commander and Assistant Operations Officer. With MTACS–38 Major Hernandez completed two deployments to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). During OEF 10.2, Major Hernandez served as the 3D Marine Air Wing (Forward) Liaison Officer to the 903 Expeditionary Air Wing, UK Royal Air Force, and as Senior Air Coordinator (SAC), Close Battle Coordinator (CBC), and Airspace Control Officer (ACO) in the 3D MAW (Fwd) TACC. During OEF 12.1, he served as the 3D MAW (Fwd) TACC Officer-in-Charge and SAC. Between deployments Major Hernandez successfully graduated the USMC Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 1-12.
In June 2013, Major Hernandez reported to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he received a Master of Business Administration in Financial Management. Upon graduation, he reported to Programs and Resources Department, HQMC, Pentagon, for assignment as a Program Analyst within the Program Development Branch. From August 2016 to March 2017, Major Hernandez was selected to serve as the Joint Team Capitol Operations Officer assigned to Joint Task Force – National Capitol Region in support of the 58th Presidential Inauguration.
In July 2018, Major Hernandez reported back to MCAS Miramar for duty as the Assistant Operations Officer, Marine Air Control Group 38 (MACG-38), and subsequently to MTACS-38 as the Executive Officer in June 2019.
Major Hernandez’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with three Strike/Flight Awards, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one Gold Star.