Lieutenant Commander Joel Rodriguez
A native of Cidra, Puerto Rico, LCDR Joel Rodriguez graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering.
He has served at sea in guided missile cruisers, a guided missile frigate and a mine warfare ship. As a Division Officer he assigned as Electrical Officer and Auxiliaries Officer in USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73) from 1999 to 2001 and as Fire Control Officer in USS KAUFFMAN (FFG 59) from 2001 through 2002. Following Department Head School in late 2005, he served as Engineer Officer in USS GUARDIAN (MCM 5) in Sasebo, Japan, and USS NORMANDY (CG 60) in Norfolk, Virginia. At sea, he most recently served in the U.S. Seventh Fleet Staff in USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19) from 2009 to 2011.
Ashore, LCDR Joel Rodriguez attended the Naval Postgraduate School, earning a Master of Science Degree in Astronautical Engineering and a diploma from the Naval College of Command and Staff in early 2005. He most recently served as an instructor in Surface Warfare Officer School Command. He holds a Navy subspecialty in Space Systems Engineering.