Master Chief Rodriguez is a native of Lares, Puerto Rico, and graduated Domingo Aponte Collazo High School in May 1995. Shortly after graduation he joined the Navy’s Delayed Entry Program and reported for basic training in January 1996. He attended Basic Training in Great Lakes, Illinois followed by Aviation Machinist Mate “A” School in Millington, Tennessee.
His sea duty assignments include Sea Control Squadron THIRTY TWO (VS-32), embarked onboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) and USS JOHN F KENNEDY (CVN-67). Sea Control Squadron THIRTY FIVE (VS-35), embarked onboard USS STENNIS (CVN-74), Strike Fighter Squadron ONE ZERO THREE (VFA-103), embarked onboard USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER (CVN-69), Strike Fighter Squadron ONE ZERO FIVE (VFA-105), deployed onboard USS HARRY S TRUMMAN (CVN-75) and Strike Fighter Squadron ELEVEN (VFA-11), deployed onboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71).
He served overseas as the Command Senior Chief to Cooperative Security Location (CSL) Comalapa, El Salvador.
His shore assignments include instructor duty at Naval Technical Training Unit (CNATTU) Coronado, California and Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic (FRC MIDLANT), Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Master Chief Rodriguez was selected for the Command Master Chief program in January 2016 and is a graduate of the Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy (Gold, 198) and the Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course (Class 162).
In October 2017, Master Chief Rodriguez was assigned as Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Fourteen Command Master Chief.
Master Chief Rodriguez currently holds an Associate’s Degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. In addition to qualifying as an Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist, he is also a qualified Master Training Specialist. His decorations include: Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals (5 awards) and various campaign and unit decorations.