Instructor's Info


Lieutenant Commander Darrell Hood
was born in Bessemer, Alabama.  For those not familiar with Alabama, that little town is just outside of Birmingham! He attended Jess Lanier High School when he enlisted in the Delayed Entry Program.  

On completion of high school, Commander Hood reported to Naval Training Center San Diego, California for boot camp. Following boot camp, Commander Hood reported to Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center Pacific for Sonar Technician ‘A’ and ‘C’ schools. On successful completion of schools, Commander Hood reported to USS John Hancock (DD-981) homeported in Charleston, SC.

During deployments to the Caribbean Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, Commander Hood qualified as a Sonar Watch Supervisor and earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Insignia. At the conclusion of his tour aboard Hancock, Commander Hood requested and was selected to change his rating from sonar technician to air traffic controller. This change transferred him to Millington Tennessee for ‘A’ school and on to his first shore duty station at Naval Air Station (NAS) Beeville Texas. While assigned to NAS Beeville, Commander Hood earned a selection as the Commands’ Sailor of the Year and was designated as a Facility Watch Supervisor.

At the end of his tour at NAS Beeville, Commander Hood terminated his shore duty and requested assignment to USS Midway (CV-41) homeported in Yokosuka Japan. While aboard Midway, Commander Hood was meritoriously advanced to E-6 and earned his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Insignia.  Following deployments to various locations throughout the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean’s, Commander Hood was assigned to Naval Air Technical Training Center, Millington Tennessee as an Air Traffic Control Instructor.

While assigned as an instructor, Commander Hood was selected as the Instructor of the Year for the Naval Air Technical Training Center. Following this tour, Commander Hood was assigned to USS George Washington, (CVN-73). As one of the initial crewmembers prior to commissioning a ship, he is also a plank owner. During his time aboard Washington, Commander Hood was selected as Sailor of the Year and was initiated as a Chief Petty Officer.  Following his tour onboard Washington, Commander Hood was assigned to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD. Here is where he was selected for commissioning under the Limited Duty Officer program. Commander Hood went on to serve as Air Traffic Control Officer aboard ship’s Carl Vinson and Bon Homme Richard and Air Stations Whiting Field, North Island and Imperial Beach. Commander Hood’s final duty station was Liaison to the Federal Aviation Administration, Washington, DC, where he completed his 30 year career.

Commander Hood is the recipient of six Navy Commendation Medals, three Navy Achievement Medals, Meritorious Unit and Navy Unit Commendations as well as various campaign and service awards. He earned his Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix and is a Life Member of Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).  Commander Hood is married to Ms. Jackie Caruso and together they have five daughters and one grandson.

SGTMAJ Hernandez (NSI)

Sergeant Major Daniel G. Hernandez was born in Glendale, California. He enlisted into the United States Marine Corps on the 23rd of December, 1968.

After completing Recruit Training and his formal schooling as a Communicator, he was assigned to the 26th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Republic of South Vietnam. After completing his tour of duty he was assigned to Security Battalion Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. There he served as a correctional faculty staff where he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

In 1972 he received order to Marine Barrack Treasure Island where he served as a section leader in the Brig.

He then received orders to Drill Instructor School at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California in 1976. Upon completion of training he was assigned to 1st Recruit training battalion, Company 'A' as a drill instructor. After completing one cycle of training he was assigned the billet of Senior Drill Instructor and was meritoriously promoted to Staff Sergeant.

In march of 1979 he received orders to Okinawa, Japan, where he served as a Senior Watch standard for correctional custody for a year.

Once again ordered to Security battalion Camp Pendleton in 1980 he served as Duty Warden until 1982, where he volunteered and was sent back to Marine Corps Recruit Depot for Drill Instructor Duty.

Assigned to Lima Company 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, he was placed into a Senior Drill Instructor billet. He was meritoriously promoted to Gunnery Sergeant, and served for two cycles and was then selected to be an Instructor at Drill Instructor School.

In 1984 he was selected to serve at Marine Barracks Washington D.C. where he served as a course developer. After being selected as 1st Sergeant in 1989 he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, where he served as company 1st Sergeant until 1983 where he was again ordered to MCRD San Diego for duty as Company 'M' 1st Sergeant 3rd Recruit Training Battalion.

Upon selection to Sergeant Major in 1993 he was assigned to Station operations and maintenance squadron Marine Corps Air Station Hawaii.

Upon the base's realignment from Marine Air Station to Marine Corps Base Hawaii, He was assigned as Headquarters and Service Battalion Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

Requesting orders to be reassigned to 3rd Marine Regiment he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment where he served as a Battalion Sergeant Major until 1995. The same year he received orders to become the Sergeant Major for Recruiting Station Seattle, Washington where he served until 1998 when once again he was ordered to San Diego Recruit Depot where he retired to the former Violetta M. P. He now has two sons.

Since his retirement, he has taken the responsibility of being the Naval Science Instructor in the NJROTC program starting at Shelton High School. When 9th grade moved down to Oakland Bay Junior High, SGTMAJ Hernandez followed with it. He continues to teach and help cadets grow in this position.

LCDR Darrell L. Hood, USN, Ret

Senior Naval Science Instructor


 SGTMAJ Daniel G. Hernandez (USMC Ret.)

Naval Science Instructor


SGTMAJ Hernandez

"Good to go"