Sergeant First Class Michael “Rod” Rodriguez is a retired Special Forces Green Beret with nine deployments, from his first in Somalia with 10th Mountain Division to his last in Afghanistan with 7th Special Forces Group. His last assignment as a Green Beret was as a Sniper Instructor at Fort Bragg, NC (Range 37). After 21 years of service, he was medically retired for numerous injuries received while in service to our great nation.
Rodriguez comes from a military family. His grandfathers served during WWII, and his father is a Vietnam Veteran. His eldest son is currently serving with the 82nd Airborne Division and recently returned home from Afghanistan, marking the 16th deployment for the Rodriguez Household. He advocates for veterans and their families and speaks publicly on the need to decrease the misunderstanding between civilians and the military. Rodriguez is an active advocate for art and the impact it has on lives; he practices his very own in the form of metalwork and blacksmithing.
From November 2015 – December 2018, Rodriguez served on the Advisory Council for the Military Service Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. Currently, he is the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Global War on Terror (GWOT) Memorial Foundation. He also assists several other military and civilian non-profits. In 2013 Rodriguez was inducted into the lauded “Explorers Club” based in Manhattan as a “Fellow” for his research efforts on Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress. However, most importantly he is a proud grandfather, father and hermano, to many.