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Michelle Hernandez-Fraley (’80)

Class of 1980 alumna Col. Michelle Hernandez-Fraley Ph.D. is a familiar face among our community of Robinsonians. Michelle was her class Valedictorian and an award-winning competitive swimmer during her years at Robinson School. She is currently a Board Member, who frequently participates in student and alumni activities during the school year.

Michelle is a ground-breaker leader in many aspects of her career. She is a retired military officer and was the first (and only) female Superintendent of the Puerto Rico Police. She is is also the first Puerto Rican woman to graduate from West Point Military Academy in 1984. Additionally, Michelle was the chief of staff of the Army Network Enterprise Technology Command.

Michelle retired from the United States Army in 2014 and moved back to Puerto Rico with her husband Tom after 30 years of service. Her final of six commanding posts before retiring was as commander of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Warrior Transition Brigade (WTB) in Washington DC. As she completed her final military post, she was described as a “Wonder Woman” in dealing with wounded warriors that returned from the battlefront to assume other roles in the military or transition into private life.

Michelle’s passion for service and achievements are well-documented, and she continues her mission of service through her work and community projects. Michelle is also caring, generous, humble, and very funny!!

Michelle, Robinson is very proud of you and grateful for all you do four our school and students!!! THANK YOU!!