General David M. Rodriguez

Commander

United States Africa Command Commander http://www.africom.mil/Image/10599/High
General David M. Rodriguez

General David M. Rodriguez became the third commander of U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM), headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, on April 5, 2013. U.S. Africa Command is one of six unified geographic combatant commands within the Department of Defense unified command structure.

A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, General Rodriguez earned his commission from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1976.

General Rodriguez has commanded at every level. His previous assignment was Commanding General of the United States Army Forces Command. Additional commands include: the International Security Assistance Force - Joint Command (IJC) in Afghanistan; the 82nd Airborne Division; 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division; and 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). He commanded companies in 75th Ranger Regiment, and 1st Armored Division.

General Rodriguez’s Army and Joint experiences include: Commander, IJC in Afghanistan; Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense; Commander, Joint Task Force 82 in Afghanistan; Joint Staff Deputy Director, Regional Operations (J3); and Defense Joint Exercise Officer, United Nations Command, United States Forces Korea.

General Rodriguez’s combat experiences include: G-3 Planner, XVIII Airborne Corps, Operation Just Cause, 1989-1990; Operations Officer, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, 1990-1991; Assistant Division Commander, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), 2003; Commander, Multi-National Division-Northwest, 2005; Commander, Joint Task Force-82 in Afghanistan, 2007-2008; and Deputy Commander, United States Forces Afghanistan and Commander, International Security Assistance Force - Joint Command, 2009-2011.

General Rodriguez holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College and a Masters of Military Art and Science from the United States Army Command and General Staff College.

General Rodriguez's awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, numerous foreign awards, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Ranger Tab.

He is married to the former Virginia E. Flaherty of Red Bank, New Jersey and they have four children; Amy, Melissa, David, and Andrew.

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Media Releases for Commander

Admiral Landolt Retires after 32 Years of Service 12/16/2013
Admiral Landolt Retires after 32 Years of Service Rear Admiral Richard B. Landolt retires in a ceremony presided by U.S. Army General David M. Rodriguez, AFRICOM commander, at U.S. Africa Command headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, Dec. 13, 2013. Go to Album
General Rodriguez's Interview on Security Cooperation in Sub-Saharan Africa 10/25/2013
General Rodriguez's Interview on Security Cooperation in Sub-Saharan Africa Commander of AFRICOM General David M. Rodriguez and the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield about U.S. security cooperation and foreign policy in the Sub-Saharan Full Story
AFRICOM Commander Visits South Africa during Exercise Shared Accord 8/5/2013
AFRICOM Commander Visits South Africa during Exercise Shared Accord The Commander of U.S. Africa Command (Africom) General David Rodriguez traveled to South Africa to observe training events, which took place August 1-2, 2013, as part of Shared Accord 13.  Shared Full Story
U.S. Africa Command Commander Visits USS Samuel B. Roberts 6/14/2013
AFRICOM Commander Visits Service Members at Naval Air Station Sigonella Gen. David Rodriguez, commander, U.S. Africa Command, visited the guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58), June 11, as part of a port visit to Augusta Bay, Italy. Full Story
General Linder Assumes Command of US Special Operations Command Africa 6/13/2013
General Linder Assumes Command of US Special Operations Command Africa General Linder takes command of US Special Operations Command Africa Brigadier General James B. Linder assumed command of U.S. Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAFRICA) from Rear Admiral Full Story
Zambia Minister of Defense Visits AFRICOM 6/7/2013
Zambia Minister of Defense Visits AFRICOM Zambia's Minister of Defense, Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, meets U.S. Africa Command Commander General David Rodriguez during a visit to the command's headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, June 4, 2013. Go to Album
Bio GEN David M. Rodriguez (Arabic) 4/30/2013
Bio GEN David M. Rodriguez (Arabic) Download Document
Bio GEN David M. Rodriguez (French) 4/30/2013
Bio GEN David M. Rodriguez (French) Download Document
New U.S. AFRICOM Commander Visits Djibouti in First Trip to Africa 4/25/2013
New U.S. AFRICOM Commander Visits Djibouti in First Trip to Africa Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commander of U.S. Africa Command, visited Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, April 16-18, as part of his first trip to Africa less than 2 weeks after taking command. Rodriguez, Full Story
Official Biography: General David M. Rodriguez (Class A) 4/5/2013
Official Biography: General David M. Rodriguez (Class A) Download Document
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