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David M. "Rod" Rodriguez (born 23 May 1954) popularly known as "Rod" among his colleagues is a United States Army
United States Army
officer who serves as the Commander of the United States Africa Command
United States Africa Command
(AFRICOM). Previously, Rodriguez served as the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Forces Command from 12 September 2011 until 15 March 2013. He has also served as Commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command (IJC) and Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces – Afghanistan (USFOR-A) from 12 November 2009 to 11 July 2011.[1] Approved by the U.S. Senate on 5 March 2013, to take over AFRICOM from General Carter F. Ham, Rodriguez assumed command on 5 April 2013.[2]

Contents

1 Early life and education 2 Career

2.1 Dates of rank

3 Awards and decorations 4 References

Early life and education[edit] Born in Overbrook, Pennsylvania from a Latin American family in 1954[3] and raised in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Rodriguez earned his commission from the United States Military Academy
United States Military Academy
at West Point, New York in 1976.[4] He was recruited by Tom Cahill to play for the Army Black Knights football team and earned varsity letters in football and baseball.[5] Career[edit] Rodriguez has commanded at every level across the United States Army. His previous assignment was as the Commanding General of the United States Army Forces Command. Additionally, Rodriguez commanded the International Security Assistance Force
International Security Assistance Force
– Joint Command (IJC) in Afghanistan; the 82nd Airborne Division; 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division; and 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). He also commanded companies of the 75th Ranger Regiment, and 1st Armored Division.[4] Rodriguez’s extensive combat experiences include: G-3 Planner, XVIII Airborne Corps, Operation Just Cause, 1989 – 1990; Operations Officer, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, 1990 – 1991; Assistant Division Commander, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), 2002 – 2003; Commander, Multi-National Division-Northwest, 2005; Special Assistant to the Commander, Multi-National Corps-Iraq, 2006; Commander, Joint Task Force-82 in Afghanistan, 2017 – till date; and Deputy Commander, United States Forces Afghanistan and Commander, International Security Assistance Force
International Security Assistance Force
Joint Command.[4] Rodriguez holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College and a Masters of Military Art and Science from the United States Army
United States Army
Command and General Staff College.[4] On 11 November 2011, Rodriguez received the Abraham Lincoln Award during a Veterans Day celebration at The Union League of Philadelphia. Union Leagues were founded during the Civil War to support President Abraham Lincoln and the preservation of the Union; Philadelphia's, established in 1862, was the first. First presented to Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, the award, which recognizes patriotism and service to country, has been bestowed on many distinguished civilian and military leaders, including former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Gen. David H. Petraeus, and Gen. Raymond T. Odierno.[6]

Dates of rank[edit] United States Military Academy
United States Military Academy
class of 1976

Second lieutenant First lieutenant Captain Major Lieutenant colonel

O-1 O-2 O-3 O-4 O-5

2 June 1976 2 June 1978 1 August 1980 1 September 1987 1 April 1993

Colonel Brigadier general Major general Lieutenant general General

O-6 O-7 O-8 O-9 O-10

1 August 1997 1 March 2002 15 July 2005 29 July 2008 15 August 2011

[7] [8] Awards and decorations[edit] Rodriguez' military decorations include:[4]

Combat Infantryman Badge Expert Infantryman Badge Master Parachutist Badge Air Assault Badge Ranger Tab Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge United States Africa Command
United States Africa Command
Badge German Parachutist Badge in bronze 82nd Airborne Division
82nd Airborne Division
CSIB 82nd Airborne Division
82nd Airborne Division
DUI 10 Overseas Service Bars.

Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
(with bronze oak leaf cluster)

Army Distinguished Service Medal (with bronze oak leaf cluster)

Defense Superior Service Medal

Legion of Merit
Legion of Merit
(with four bronze oak leaf clusters)

Bronze Star Medal
Bronze Star Medal
(with oak leaf cluster)

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal (with four oak leaf clusters)

Joint Service Commendation Medal

Army Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal
(with two oak leaf clusters)

Joint Service Achievement Medal

Joint Meritorious Unit Award

Meritorious Unit Commendation
Meritorious Unit Commendation
(with oak leaf cluster)

National Defense Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
(with one bronze service star)

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Southwest Asia Service Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal
(with service star)

Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
(with three service stars)

Iraq Campaign Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
(with two service stars)

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
with service star

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Korea Defense Service Medal

Army Service Ribbon

Army Overseas Service Ribbon (with bronze award numeral "5")

NATO Medal
NATO Medal
for Former Yugoslavia

National Defence Medal
National Defence Medal
in gold with bronze palm (France)

Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)

Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

References[edit]

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^ "Lt. Gen. Rodriguez: What is the ISAF Joint Command". nato.int ^ "Rodriguez Succeeds Ham as Africom Commander". Defense.gov. 12 March 2009. Archived from the original on 8 April 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2013.  ^ NOMINATIONS BEFORE THE SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, FIRST SESSION, 113TH CONGRESS. gpo.gov ^ a b c d e "General David M. Rodriguez, Commander". United States Africa Command. Retrieved 5 April 2013.  ^ "MISSION FIRST: Sense Of Duty". goarmysports.com. 19 December 2013.  ^ Jim Hinnant, FORSCOM Public Affairs Officer (11 November 2011). "Rodriguez receives historic award, celebrates veterans in return to home area". U.S. Army. Retrieved 31 December 2012.  ^ Official biography  ^ Sgt. Marcus Gable, 49th Public Affairs Detachment (12 September 2011). "GEN Rodriguez takes command with promotion". U.S. Army. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 

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