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Ernie Bernard Sr., a proud Haitian American that was born and raised in Haiti until he moved to New York at the age of 17. A retired U.S. Army Special Forces veteran, Ernie served his country honorably and bravely for 25 years. During his tenure, he served as a senior medical advisor/trainer, medical logistics evaluator, instructor/writer, and operations manager for a directorate of 42 civilian personnel, 10 noncommissioned officers, and 39 officers within the Army Medical Department Center and School. After leaving Haiti at the age of 17, he returned to Haiti in 1994, as an American soldier, in the Operation to Uphold Democracy under President Bill Clinton. He was personally selected by Lieutenant General “Smoking” Joe Kinzer, as the primary translator during the operation to revitalize democracy in Haiti. It was at that time, the Haiti Study Fund vision came into fruition. To the best of his financial means, he has given back and continues to give back to the people of Haiti. His vision and primary goal is to be a political liaison official between the U.S. and Haiti. He is a self-starter and motivator who seeks challenges and moves arduously to accomplish my objectives. Since retirement, he has established and continues to build his own “Fitness Camp”, providing physical training and rehabilitation to adolescents and adults in the San Antonio area.
Mission focused, loyalty, duty, honor, respect, integrity, discipline, selfless service, and personal courage, these are the “Hallmark” values in his daily life. His interesting and exciting career in the military has allowed him to influence others with the leadership principles and traits he cherishes each day. He's a recipient of a Bronze Star Medal for my heroism in Desert Storm, to include, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4), Army Achievement Medal (6), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (7), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and Southwest Asia Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service. "I really want to improve the conditions in Haiti which includes around the clock electricity, computer skills and knowledge to allow the younger generations to compete and be aware of what is going on in the world, unity, patriotism, jobs and a stable government for the people", says Ernie. "I guarantee you, if I’m directed with the right course of action, I will be of great service not only to Haiti but to the United States as well. From my heart, thank you so much for your time."