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 was as a Sniper Instructor at Fort Bragg (Range 37) where he was medically retired after 21 years of continuous service for numerous injuries he 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 wife retired recently after 21 years in the U.S. Army and his eldest son is currently serving in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division, marking the 16th deployment for the Rodriguez Household. Rodriguez advocates for Veterans and their families and speaks publicly on the need to decrease the misunderstanding between civilians and the military. He is a huge advocate for Art and the impact it has on everyone’s lives and he practices his very own in the form of metalwork and blacksmithing.
Rodriguez serves as a member for President George W. Bush’s Military Service Initiative Advisory Council, he is the Executive Ambassador for the Green Beret Foundation, sits on the Leadership Board of the Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation, and is also on the Veteran Advisory Council for the VA in North Carolina. Rodriguez assists with several other non-profits and is always only a phone call or email away for both the Civilian and Military community.
Rodriguez was also inducted as a Fellow into the lauded “Explorers Club” based in Manhattan for his research efforts on Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress. He is a graduate student at Norwich University pursuing a Master’s Degree in Diplomacy.
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