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Roque Rodriguez-Urena

Roque Rodriguez-Urena

Master Sergeant
United States Air Force (retired)

2014 W100K Rider
2013 W100K Rider

Master Sergeant Roque Rodriguez-Urena joined the United States Air Force in October 1983 and served his entire career as a medic.  He was stationed at bases around the world, including: Japan; Omaha; Nebraska; England; and Altus, Oklahoma.

In 1991, Master Sergeant Rodriguez-Urena deployed to Germany in support of the Persian Gulf War and was stationed at an Air Force-operated medical facility, taking care of wounded patients during the Kuwait invasion.  He later deployed to Iraq from August 2004 - February 2005 as a shift leader in the Emergency Room at the 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group, where he treated thousands of U.S. Soldiers, civilians, Iraqi nationals and insurgents.

The overwhelming amount of trauma treated and seen throughout his career deeply impacted his emotions, but with the help of VA hospital counselors he has learned to open up about his experiences and how to cope with post-traumatic stress (PTS).

After 25 years of service, Master Sergeant Rodriguez-Urena retired in 2008 and moved to Summerville, South Carolina.  He and his wife, Marlene, have enjoyed 30 years of marriage and have a 24-year-old daughter named Alyssa.  He keeps himself physically and mentally busy by staying active and participating in numerous sports, including mountain biking. He currently works as a Medical Technician in the Emergency Room of a nearby medical center.  He participated in the W100K in 2013.