Jonathan "Jon" Fernández
HOMETOWN: Bayamón, Puerto Rico
BACKGROUND: U.S. Army- Logistics and, Modeling & Simulations
YEARS OF SERVICE: 24 (Enlisted/Officer)
Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with Concentration in Management, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico- Metropolitan Campus, San Juan, PR, 2003
Master's Degree in Business Administration with Concentration in Homeland Security Resource Allocation, American Military University, Charles Town, WV, 2015
“The day the Soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.”
- GEN (Ret.) Colin Powell
Jon is a retired U.S Army Lieutenant Colonel and his last assignment was with the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, NC. He joined the H2H Consulting Team upon retirement and is bringing a lot of energy and a wealth of knowledge in logistics, automation, and programs management.
Jon comes from an Army family of Infantrymen, Tankers, and Military Police. He joined the Army in 1999 as a communications specialist and later, in 2003, was commissioned through the University of Puerto Rico's Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC) as an Ordnance Officer. He deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan, this last deployment as a Company Commander with the 82nd Airborne Division. Jon was injured during combat operations in Afghanistan when his vehicle was targeted by an improvised explosive device (IED). He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for injuries sustained during the attack.
He was never a "believer" in seeking mental health for his traumatic brain injury, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress until life gave him a wakeup call. Now, he is a big advocate (a "believer") for post-trauma growth and removing the stigma that seeking help is a sign of weakness. "Sometimes we want to change but we are too cemented in our ways... but at some point, reality is gonna punch you in the throat... it's better to seek help now than never... it might help you save what you have left and allow you to start rebuilding what you have lost."
Jon is married to the beautiful Founder of H2H Consulting, and they have two amazing boys and a Cavapoo dog, Nova, that would rather snuggle with unknown visitors than to protect the house, and our stubborn but loving Bernedoodle, Daisy,