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Saturday May 14, 2011

2011 Hispanic Hero Honoree Announcement-  Brigadier General Alberto J. Jimenez

2011 Hispanic Hero Honoree Announcement-  Brigadier General Alberto J. Jimenez

Photo: Brigadier General Alberto J. Jimenez

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U.S. Hispanic Youth Entrepreneur Education (USHYEE) has begun to release the names of the honorees for the 5th Annual Hispanic Hero Gala. This exciting annual event honors local and national Hispanic leaders and will take place on June 16th at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Maryland. In addition, USHYEE will award five Maryland Hispanic high school seniors with the USHYEE/GenOn Educational Grant totaling $25,000. Since 2008 USHYEE has awarded $100,000 in USHYEE/GenOn educational grants to Hispanic youth.

USHYEE founder and President, Luis Borunda said today, “In light of this momentous week in our country’s history, it is only fitting that we begin these announcements with a military leader and one of Maryland’s finest, Brigadier General Alberto Jimenez.  This year marks our 5th Annual Hispanic Hero Award Gala and each of these Heroes is most deserving. These Heroes have given a life time of service to our state and our nation.” 

Brigadier General Alberto J. Jimenez is the former Maryland Army National Guard Commander, and current State Civilian Chief of Staff of the Maryland Military Department.  His military career spans more than 41 years of service.  He served at every level of command in positions ranging from company, battalion, through brigade commands, as well as serving in various staff assignments.

He is a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served as an attack-helicopter pilot with over 700 hours of combat and non-combat hours in that conflict.  He is a leadership and honor graduate of the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School, Ft. Benning, Ga., where he started his officer career in May, 1978.  Later he was assigned to Deputy Chief for Operations, Army National Guard (ARNG)  in support of the largest ARNG mobilization ever for Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, as well as a myriad of major programs including Force protection and Physical Security across the entire ARNG. He became the Maryland Army Chief of Staff in his home state in May 2004. 

Major Honors:

Legion of Merit
Army Meritorious Medal
Army Commendation Medal (w/four Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air Medal
Vietnam Service Ribbon
Vietnam Campaign Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Army Good Conduct Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
Global War on Terrorism Medal
Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal
Army Service Ribbon

Brigadier General Alberto J. Jimenez is married to the former Maria Villamil and they have two older children, Kiara Ginnette and Fernando Jose.  The Jimenez’s reside in Churchville, Maryland for over 30 years.