On the Ocassion of His Retirement from Naval Service June 27, 2014:
“It is difficult to believe that 26 years have rushed by since I raised my right hand and swore the oath in the Armory Building at Purdue University, and I am more than a little broken hearted that it is coming to an end. Being an officer in the Navy was always a dream of mine, and I have lived that dream and achieved all that I sought, and more. Wearing the uniform has been a privilege and being selected for promotion to Captain was the highest honor. “A Captain in the United States Navy!” Amazing to me, and humbling. I owe thanks to my parents who raised me to listen to and answer the call of duty. I am indebted to my wife who accompanied me and supported me throughout this journey, waving goodbye far too many times, but always there when I returned from the sea. I thank my children for inspiring me to be a better man and holding me to my promises. I thank my crewmates and shipmates who flew and sailed alongside me along the way, and became like Family to me. I thank the leaders who mentored me and brought me along, who tried to give me good advice, and never abandoned me when I chose to ignore it. I thank those of you whom I was honored to lead. Lastly I want to thank our Navy’s Sailors. They are the most awesome group of heroes that I have ever met, and now as I shed my uniform, eagles, and stripes, I will proudly claim their title as my own.”
~Captain Jerry Hendrix, Ph.D~
Biography of U.S. Navy Capt. Henry J. Hendrix II, Ph.D.
Captain Henry J. (Jerry) Hendrix served as the Director of the Naval History and Heritage Command, and Curator of the Navy. He is responsible for the Navy’s museums, art & artifact collections, the research library, 150 million pages of archives, and for collecting and interpreting U.S. Naval history throughout the world.
CAPT Hendrix was commissioned in 1988 through the NROTC program at Purdue University and earned his Naval Flight Officer wings in 1989. Ordered to Patrol Squadron TEN in Brunswick, ME, he deployed to the Mediterranean, Red Sea, North Atlantic, and Caribbean. Qualified as an Instructor Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander, he was named by the Navy League the Casco Bay Junior Officer of the Year in 1990. Joining the Norfolk-based aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) in 1994, he qualified as a Tactical Action Officer and made two Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf deployments, and was named the ship’s Junior Officer of the Year in 1997. In 1997 then Lieutenant Hendrix reported to Patrol Squadron THIRTY, the P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron as the Fleet Training Officer and led efforts to introduce the Aircraft Improvement Program (AIP) to the Maritime Patrol Aviation community before reporting to Patrol Squadron EIGHT, in Brunswick, Maine, as the Aviation Maintenance Officer. While with the Fighting Tigers, he made his fourth Mediterranean Sea deployment, earned Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing FIVE’s Crew of the Quarter designation, and contributed to the squadron winning the 2000 Battle Efficiency Award. CAPT Hendrix commanded Tactical Air Control Squadron ELEVEN, home ported at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, California from 2006-2008, deploying to the Arabian Gulf.
CAPT Hendrix’s staff assignments include service on the Chief of Naval Operation’s Executive Panel (N00K) where his efforts centered on Homeland Defense, Naval Aviation, and Navy Missile Defense. Additionally, he served in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy (Force Development) as the Executive Secretary for the Irregular Warfare Quadrennial Defense Review cell. In 2009, Captain Hendrix was by name requested for assignment to the OSD Office of Net Assessment where he assisted the Director on topics related to future capabilities and alternative security environments. He also served as the Director and Designated Federal Officer of the Secretary of the Navy’s Advisory Panel where he contributed to the Secretary’s 2012 Department Posture Statement to the Congress.
Captain Hendrix also earned Masters Degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School and Harvard University and a Doctorate from King’s College, London. He was twice named the Samuel Eliot Morison Scholar by the Navy History and Heritage Command, and was also NHHC’s 2005 Rear Admiral John D. Hays Fellow. The author of Theodore Roosevelt’s Naval Diplomacy, he received a number of awards including the Navy League’s Alfred T. Mahan Award for Literary Achievement and the Naval Institute’s Author of the Year.
CAPT Hendrix’s awards include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two), Navy Commendation Medal (three) and the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two). Captain Hendrix is married to the former Penny K. Preston of LaGrange, Indiana and they have two daughters, Amanda and Michaela.
The Naval History and Heritage Command, located at the Washington Navy Yard, is responsible for the preservation, analysis, and dissemination of U.S. Naval history and heritage. It is composed of many activities including the Navy Department Library, the Navy Archives, the Navy art and artifact collections, underwater archaeology, Navy history, nine museums, USS Constitution repair facility and the historic ship Nautilus.
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