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Diego E. Hernandez
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Vice Admiral Diego E. Hernandez
First Hispanic to be named Vice Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command(NORAD)
Birth name Diego Hernandez Sanfeliz
Nickname(s) Duke
Born (1934-03-25)March 25, 1934
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Died July 7, 2017(2017-07-07) (aged 83)
Miami Lakes, Florida, U.S.
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Department of the Navy Seal.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1955-1991
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg
Vice Admiral
Commands held USS John F. Kennedy
USS Truckee
Deputy Commander in Chief U.S. Space Command
Vice Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star
Legion of Merit
Purple Heart
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal
USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) departs Naval Station Mayport on 11 November 2003
USS John F. Kennedy

Vice Admiral Diego E. Hernandez (March 25, 1934 – July 7, 2017) was a United States Navy officer. He was the first Hispanic to be named Vice Commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). He then underwent flight training and on August 1956, was designated a Naval Aviator.

Hernandez died on July 7, 2017 from complications of Parkinson's disease at the age of 83.

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