NCO of the Quarter
Sgt Hensley, Hunter O

Sergeant Hensley was born on June 29, 1989 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  After graduating from Lincoln Christian High School, He spent one year attending Tulsa Community College before enlisting into the United States Marine Corps.  He attended recruiting training at MCRD San Diego on 7 July 2008.

After graduating from recruit training 13 October 2008, Private Hensley attended Marine Combat Training, prior to reporting to Naval Air Technical Training Center in Pensacola, Florida where he attended Aviation Ordnance “A” school.  Private Hensley was promoted to Private First Class in January of 2009.  He then attended Aviation Ordnance “C” school in Cherry Point, North Carolina.

On 11 April 2009, Private First Class Hensley reported into his first Command of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Aircraft Group 39, Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron (MALS) 39, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California.  Private First Class Hensley worked as an Ordnance Systems Technician and Ordnance Production Controller.  Private First Class Hensley was promoted to Lance Corporal in September of 2009.  In March of 2010 Lance Corporal Hensley deployed to Afghanistan and served as the Night Crew Ordnance Production Control Chief on Camp Bastion, Afghanistan from March 2010 – October 2010.  As a result of his superior performance, Lance Corporal Hensley was awarded a Certificate of Commendation.  While serving in Afghanistan Lance Corporal Hensley was promoted to Corporal in September of 2010.  Corporal Hensley was again deployed to Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan from May 2011 – November 2011 where he served as the Production Control Chief and Ammunition Stock Records Systems Chief.

Corporal Hensley received orders to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan on 25 May 2012 where he currently serves as an Ordnance Systems Technician and Collateral Duty Inspector in work center 731.  During this period of time he also attended Corporal’s Course where he graduated with high honors and received a Certificate of Commendation for outstanding performance.  Shortly after, in October 2012, Corporal Hensley attended Green Belt Instructor Training, and received an additional MOS of 0916.  Sergeant Hensley continued with MCMAP training and was awarded Brown and Black Belt Instructor.  Corporal Hensley was promoted to Sergeant in March of 2013.  In May of 2013 Sergeant Hensley was selected to serve as the Aircraft Armament Systems Program Manager.  Sergeant Hensley has also served as the Ordnance Production Control Chief when the mission was demanded.
 
Sergeant Hensley is married to Virginia Patricia Hensley of Tulsa, Oklahoma.  They have one child Deane O’Neal Hensley age 1.  Sergeant Hensley and his family currently reside in Iwakuni, Japan.




 

Marine of the Quarter
Lance Corporal Luna, Candace

Lance Corporal Candace Luna was born in Houston, TX in May 06, 1992 and grew up in Willis, TX.  Corporal Luna graduated from Willis High School with honors in May of 2010, and attended College at Lon Morris College and Lone Star Community College, where she earned her associates degree in accounting.  Upon completion of her associate’s degree she worked at Holliday State Correctional Facility.
 
Lance Corporal Luna joined Marine Corps Delay Entry Program on 12 December 2012, and in April 2013, Lance Corporal Luna reported to Recruit Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island SC.  She was assigned to Platoon 4020, Company N, 4th Recruit Training Battalion.  Corporal Luna graduated as Company Honor Graduate.
 
In July 2013, Lance Corporal Luna reported to Marine Combat Training-East, graduating as Platoon Guide for 1st Platoon, Golf Company.
 
In August 2013, Lance Corporal Luna reported to Courthouse Bay, Camp Lejeune, NC, where she earned a Military Occupation Specialty as a Basic Electrical Engineer Equipment Specialist Technician (BEEEST).  She was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal, on January 1, 2014.  In February, 2014 she graduated from BEEEST 1-14’s as the Distinguished Graduate.

In February 2014, Lance Corporal Luna was transferred to Marine Air Group 24 in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.  She was part of a small group of Marines that served as the Site Activation Team for Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 (VMU-3).

In May, 2014 Lance Corporal Luna attended the Advance Electrical Equipment Engineer Specialist School in Courthouse Bay, Camp Lejeune, NC.  In July, she graduated as AEEEST 2-14’s Academic High.

In August 2014, Lance Corporal Luna reported back to Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 where she currently holds the billet of NCOIC of the Utilities section of VMU-3.  She was promoted to the rank of Corporal on November 1st, 2014.

Lance Corporal Luna’s awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Certificate of Commendation X2, Meritorious Mast, Certificate of Appreciation.


 

 

Senior Sailor of the Qtr
HM1 Gonzalez

HM1 Gonzalez was born in Bogota, Colombia, and moved to United States in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. HM1 Gonzalez joined the Navy in 2004, and he is currently on his third duty station with the 1st MAW in Okinawa, Japan. While assigned in the command, he was deployed to UFG-14, Ryukyu Warrior 2013, where he was part of a pioneer CBRNE response team and Cobra Gold 2013.  He is the currently LPO for the Wing Surgeon Office. 

During his first tour in April 2004, HM1 Gonzalez served as a line Corpsman, Headquarters battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he deployed to Iraq for OIF 04-06 for an eight months combat tour of duty. When he re-deployed to Camp Lejeune in early 2006, he resumed his graduate studies at Webster University. During this tour, he earned his Enlisted Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist qualification on July, 2007. He returned to Iraq in 2007 for OIF 06-08 as a member of Headquarters Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) and Multinational Force-West.

On his second duty station, HM1 Gonzalez served as Planning Operations Medical Intelligence (POMI) manager, in Naval Air Station Jacksonville. He was Training Petty Officer, Trauma Combat Casualty Care instructor, Assistant Command Fitness Leader, and Auxiliary Security Force (ASF) member. In addition, HM1 Gonzalez deployed from NH JAX to Camp Schwab, Okinawa Japan as Leading Petty Officer to support the Landing Force Carat 2011 with the 4th Marine Regiment. 

He is planning to pursue a Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. He holds a dual Master in Management and Leadership and Master in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University, a BA degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University, an AA degree in Criminal Justice from Broward Community College, and an AA degree in International Trade from Jorge Tadeo University. His personal decorations include the Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, MUC, MOSVN, Sea Service deployment (3), Global War on Terrorism, Iraq Campaign medal, Good Conduct, National defense Service Medal, Pistol Medal, and Rifle Medal.



Junior Sailor of the Qtr
HM2 Smigmator


HM2 Smigmator was born in Niagara Falls, NY and was raised in Houston, TX. HM2 Smigmator joined the Navy in 2004 and he is on his third tour currently stationed with 1st MAW in Okinawa, Japan. HM2 is a staff member for BMC Futenma and currently assigned to VMM-265. 

On his first duty station, he served as an advanced laboratory technician, Laboratory department, Naval Hospital Guam, from 2006-2008. During his tour in Guam, he was an Individual Augmentee to 1st Marine Division Camp Pendleton, California; where he was deployed with the 11th MEU. During that time, he became qualified as Enlisted Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist. Upon arrival back to Guam, he was reassigned to the outlining Clinic where he managed the Laboratory department by himself.

During his second duty station, HM2 Smigmator was cross-trained to fulfill manning requirements in the Histology department of the Laboratory at Naval Medical Center San Diego from 2008-2014. In addition, HM2 Smigmator deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, NATO Role III, Multinational Medical Unit, as an advanced laboratory technician for eight months from December 2010 to August 2011. Upon returning, he became the Work Center Supervisor for the Histology department until transfer to next command.

He received his Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from TUI in 2010 and moved forward to complete his Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from California State University, Long Beach in 2013. His personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2), Navy Marine Corps Oversea Service (2), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal (3), National Defense Service medal, NATO Medal and Navy Pistol Shot.


 

Bluejacket of the Qtr

 

HN Hayes L. Barber is a native of Vicksburg, MS and a 2004 graduate of St. Aloysius Catholic High School. After attending Louisiana State University, he enlisted in the United States Navy and attended boot camp at Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, IL in March 2013. In May, he went to Hospital Corpsman “A” school at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas where he served as class ALPO and Education Petty Officer. After graduating on the Dean’s List he attended Field Medical Training Battalion at Camp Pendleton, CA in October 2013. While at FMTB he served as a Fire Team Leader and Platoon Education Petty Officer.

HN Barber is currently serving with 1st Marine Aircraft Group 24 in Hawaii as a squadron Corpsman for Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 24. In addition to his regular duties as a Corpsman, he is the Flight Line Aid Station MWR Representative; Command Single Marine and Sailor Representative, Assistant Immunizations Representative, and Assistant LIMDU Coordinator.

HN Barber’s awards include: National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Navy Expert Rifleman Medal, and Navy Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon.

 

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