LtCol Rodriguez graduated from high school in Reno, Nv in 1995, he attended University of Southern California and graduated Magna Cum Nada with degrees in Political Science and Psychology. LtCol Rodriguez attended Officer Candidate School in June 1998 and was commissioned on May 23, 1999.
After TBS, LtCol Rodriguez reported to NAS Pensacola for API and Naval Flight Officer Training. LtCol Rodriguez received his NFO wings on August 1st 2001. Upon completion, he reported to MCAS Miramar for F/A-18D training with VMFAT-101. He next reported to the “Vikings” of VMFA(AW)-225, during which he deployed twice, once on WestPac and once to OIF I. Upon return to MCAS Miramar LtCol Rodriguez was selected for transition training and was assigned to NAS Corpus Christi for Pilot training. LtCol Rodriguez received his wings on September 15th, 2006. He then received orders to the ATU at MCAS Cherry Point and follow on orders to the “Raiders” of VMGR-352 in Miramar, Ca where he served as the AAMO, Flight-O, and was instrumental in the development of the KC-130J Harvest HAWK platform.
In 2009, LtCol Rodriguez was assigned to the “Nightowls” of VMU-2 at MCAS Cherry Point, NC. As a “Nightowl” he held the billets of ScanEagle Mission Commander, AOPSO, and OPSO. Between 2009 and 2011 he deployed with VMU-2 three time to Afghanistan and once to Arizona in support of DHS/JTF-North, anti-terrorism boarder operations.
In 2011, LtCol Rodriguez reported to Quantico to attend Command and Staff College and earned his Master’s in Military Studies. Upon completion of Command and Staff, he reported to “Otis”; VMGR-252 aboard MCAS Cherry Point, NC. While with “Otis” he served as the AAMO, AMO, XO, and Detachment Officer in Charge of four detachments in support of SPMAGTF-CR-AF, MEU Operations, and SPMAGTF-CR-CENT, MAG-50. While deployed he supported Operation United Assistance (Assistance to the Ebola affected regions of West Africa), and numerous missions in support of diplomatic outposts across North Africa, including Libya and Tunisia.
Following a successful tour with “Otis”, LtCol Rodriguez reported to 2d MAW and served as the Current Operations Officer. On April 1st 2016, LtCol Rodriguez reported to the “Roadrunners” of VMR-1.
LtCol Rodriguez’s personal awards include: The Meritorious Service Medal, The Navy And Marine Corps Commendation Medal, The Air Medal – Strike/Flight(2), and The Navy Achievement Medal (5 W/ Combat “V”).