Hensley, Ralph, III, YNCS

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Current Service Status
USNR Retired
Current/Last Rank
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary NEC
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
2009-2010, US Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A)
Service Years
1985 - 2011
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Operation Desert Storm
Cold War
Operation Enduring Freedom
Six Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

US European Command US Pacific Command Senior Chief Petty Officer of the Command

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Navy Chief 100 Yrs 1893-1993

Navy Chief Initiated Blue Star Cold War Veteran Cold War Veteran

 Military Association Memberships
American LegionNational Chief Petty Officers AssociationVeterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)Naval Reserve Association
Branch 60Uniformed Service Disabled Retirees (USDR)Post 18Naval Enlisted Reserve Association (NERA)
Association of the United States Navy (AUSN)Chapter 9
  2001, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2003, National Chief Petty Officers Association [Verified]
  2003, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2004, Naval Reserve Association [Verified]
  2005, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), Branch 60 (Member) (Ocean View, Virginia) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2005, American Legion, Post 21 (Life Member) (Winchester, Virginia) - Chap. Page
  2006, Uniformed Service Disabled Retirees (USDR)
  2006, International Chief Petty Officers Association
  2007, American Veterans (AMVETS), Post 18 (Life Member) (Winchester, Virginia) [Verified]1 - Chap. Page
  2007, Naval Enlisted Reserve Association (NERA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, Association of the United States Navy (AUSN) [Verified]
  2017, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 9 (Life Member) (Winchester, Virginia) - Chap. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:

Serving as Chief of Life Support at USACE MED/TAM (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Middle East District) located in Winchester, VA. 

Retired August 2011 as Senior Enlisted Leader, NR CNIC HQ (Commander Navy Installations Command Headquarters and Shore Support Center) at Washington Navy Yard.  

Current Member of Board of Directors, Godfrey Miller Home in Winchester, VA. Trustee of AMVETS Post 18, Winchester, VA (2016-present). Previously served as Vice Moderator and Deacon at Shenandoah Valley Metropolitan Community Church, Winchester, VA  (2015-2017), Public Affairs Officer (2014-2015) and 2nd VP, AMVETS Post 18 (2012-2013) and VP Enlisted Programs, Association of the U.S. Navy (AUSN) (Plankowner)/Navy Reserve Association, Board Secretary, Board of Directors, Habitat for Humanity Winchester/Frederick County (VA) Affiliate, and 2nd VP and Public Relations Chair, NARFE Chapter 180, Winchester (2103-2014).

Other Comments:

If you're from boot camp C203 RTC Orlando, then we have a lot of catching up to do. If we served together, then we have some catching up to do. If you need my assistance, just ask. I'll help in any way I can.

God bless, Ralph
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OEF - Afghanistan
From Month/Year
September / 2001
To Month/Year
December / 2014

Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan (OEF-A)
The Taliban
Seizing upon a power vacuum after the Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan after their invasion, the Taliban assumed the role of government from 1996–2001. Their extreme interpretation of Islamic law prompted them to ban music, television, sports, and dancing, and enforce harsh judicial penalties (See Human rights in Afghanistan). Amputation was an accepted form of punishment for stealing, and public executions could often be seen at the Kabul football stadium. Women's rights groups around the world were frequently critical as the Taliban banned women from appearing in public or holding many jobs outside the home. They drew further criticism when they destroyed the Buddhas of Bamyan, historical statues nearly 1500 years old, because the Buddhas were considered idols.

In 1996, Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden moved to Afghanistan upon the invitation of the Northern Alliance leader Abdur Rabb ur Rasool Sayyaf. When the Taliban came to power, bin Laden was able to forge an alliance between the Taliban and his al-Qaeda organization. It is understood that al-Qaeda-trained fighters known as the 055 Brigade were integrated with the Taliban army between 1997 and 2001. It has been suggested that the Taliban and bin Laden had very close connections.

U.S.-led coalition action
Main article: War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
On 20 September 2001, the U.S. stated that Osama bin Laden was behind the 11 September attacks in 2001. The U.S. made a five point ultimatum to the Taliban:.

Deliver to the U.S. all of the leaders of al-Qaeda
Release all imprisoned foreign nationals
Close immediately every terrorist training camp
Hand over every terrorist and their supporters to appropriate authorities
Give the United States full access to terrorist training camps for inspection
On 21 September 2001, the Taliban rejected this ultimatum, stating there was no evidence in their possession linking bin Laden to the 11 September attacks.

On 22 September 2001 the United Arab Emirates and later Saudi Arabia withdrew their recognition of the Taliban as the legal government of Afghanistan, leaving neighboring Pakistan as the only remaining country with diplomatic ties.

On 4 October 2001, it is believed that the Taliban covertly offered to turn bin Laden over to Pakistan for trial in an international tribunal that operated according to Islamic shar'ia law. On 7 October 2001, the Taliban proposed to try bin Laden in Afghanistan in an Islamic court. This proposition was immediately rejected by the U.S. Shortly afterward, the same day, United States and British forces initiated military action against the Taliban, bombing Taliban forces and al-Qaeda terrorist training camps.

On 14 October 2001, the Taliban proposed to hand bin Laden over to a third country for trial, but only if they were given evidence of bin Laden's involvement in the events of 11 September 2001. The U.S. rejected this proposal and ensued with military operations.

The UN Security Council, on 16 January 2002, unanimously established an arms embargo and the freezing of identifiable assets belonging to bin Laden, al-Qaeda, and the remaining Taliban.
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
January / 2009
To Month/Year
December / 2010
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
Personal Memories
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  • Aldapa, Anthony, PO2, (2008-2015)
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