Brigadier General Raúl L. Rodríguez was born in Aibonito, Puerto Rico. He received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) as a Transportation Officer in 1992. Brig. Gen. Rodriguez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from the University of Puerto Rico, Master’s Degree in Global Management from University of Phoenix, and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College. Before his selection to command the 103d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Brig. Gen. Rodriguez was Commander of the 166th Regional Support Group and became the Task Force One Commander during Puerto Rico Earthquake response. He commanded the Mission Command Support Group (Provisional), performed the 1st Mission Support Command G 3/5/7 duties, and commanded the Joint Task Force Marshall at Camp McCrady, South Carolina in which his primary responsibility was Soldiering Sailors before deploying to several areas of operations.
Brig. Gen. Rodriguez began his military career as an enlisted Soldier deploying, to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm as Sergeant E-5, 88M, and Squad Leader. Thereafter, he deployed two more times to Iraq; first, as the Commander of the HHD, 394th Quartermaster Battalion in 2003, and subsequently in 2009 as Plans Officer, G-5, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and the 103d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary).
His assignments include Marine Terminal Operation Officer, Contracting Officer, Commander, HHD, 346th Transportation Battalion, Commander, 332nd Transportation Company, Commander, HHD, 394th Quartermaster Battalion, and Commander, 1st BN, 389th Regiment. Brig. Gen. Rodríguez’ staff assignments include S-4, 394th Quartermaster Battalion, S-4, 210th Regional Support Group, S 2/3, 210th Regional Support Group, Executive Officer, 346th Transportation Battalion, and S 2/3, 166th Regional Support Group. His military education includes the Transportation Basic and Advance Course, the Unit Movement Officer Course, the Unit Planning Movement Officer Course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Multifunctional Combat Service Support (90A), the Intermediate Level of Education (ILE), the Mortuary Affairs Officer Course (4V), the Defense Support of Civil Authorities Specialist Course (D7A) and Senior Service School.
His military Decorations, Service Medals and Badges include the Meritorious Service Medal (4th Award), the Army Commendation Medal (4th Award), the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (6th Award), the National Defense Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star (BSS), the Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Star (BSS), the Iraq Campaign Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star (BSS) , the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal (2nd Award), the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device (2nd Award) and 1 Gold Hourglass, the Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon (3rd Award), the Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon (3rd Award), the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), the Meritorious Unit Commendation (3rd Award), the Army Superior Unit Award (2nd Award), the U.S Public Health Service Outstanding Unit Citation, and the Parachutist Badge. In his civilian capacity, Brig. Gen. Rodriguez works for the Department of the Army as the Chief of Plans, Analysis, and Integration Office, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Buchanan, PR.