Lt Col Juan Rodríguez joined Civil Air Patrol as a Puerto Rico Wing Cadet in 1977, earning the General Carl A. Spaatz Award in December 1980. Following his transition to senior membership, his assignments included Squadron Commander at Isla Grande Composite Squadron, AE Officer, ES Officer, Squadron PAO, Squadron Historian, Wing Finance Officer, Advisor to the Wing Commander, IG Augmentee, Wing Agency Representative, Region Asst DCS Professional Development, then Senior Training, and Asst DCS Cadet Programs. He completed the USAF Squadron Officer’s School (corr.) and CAP National Staff College.
Lt Col Rodriguez completed Level V of the Professional Development program earning the Gil Robb Wilson Award in 1994. He holds Master Ratings in Finance and Cadet Programs, Senior Ratings in Emergency Services and Aerospace Education, and Technician ratings in Command, IG, Public Affairs, and Historian specialty tracks. He has served as an Instructor at SLS, CLC, TLC, and RSC. He has also directed the Puerto Rico session of the Regional Staff College. He is a qualified Mission Observer, Ground Team member and holds several other mission base qualifications.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, a postgraduate Diploma in Banking Operations from the School for Bank Administration at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Graduate School of Business, and a Masters of Science in Professional Management from the University of Miami (FL), Graduate School of Business. He also holds an FAA Private Pilot-SEL Certificate.
Professionally Lt Col Rodriguez worked in the financial services and consulting businesses, both domestically and internationally, for over 25 years. During that time he had the opportunity to live and work in several States as well as in other countries in the Americas and the Caribbean. He currently serves as Chief Operating Officer and Lead Project Manager for a location intelligence and geographical information systems company based in San Juan, Puerto Rico.