By Debbie Stevenson

Killeen Daily Herald

The 1st Cavalry Division has replaced its top noncommissioned officer, a division official confirmed Monday.

Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Hernandez was relieved of his position after an administrative investigation June 25, said Lt. Col. James Hutton, the division's public affairs officer in Baghdad, Iraq.

Hutton would not comment further, citing the administrative conditions of Hernandez's dismissal.

The action was based on the findings of an investigation under Article 15-6 of the military's Uniformed Code of Military Justice. An Article 15-6 investigation is a gathering of information by an appointed officer, usually under informal conditions.

Hernandez, a Killeen resident and San Marcos native, assumed the division's top slot in February 2003. He enlisted in the Army on Nov. 15, 1974.

Hernandez will be succeeded in the interim by Command Sgt. Maj. Gerald R. Schindler, the 1st Cavalry's division artillery command sergeant major.

Schindler has served three tours at Fort Hood and has an associate's degree from Central Texas College.

His awards include three Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, six Army Commendation Medals, the Army Achievement Medal and Honorable Order of Saint Barbara.

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