Captain Rodríguez is a native of Ponce, Puerto Rico. He enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1994 and graduated from Officer Candidate School in 1998. Captain Rodríguez currently serves as Deputy Director of International Affairs and Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commandant of the Coast Guard.
Before his current assignment, Captain Rodríguez served as the National Command and Response Center Director. In 2020, he attended the Inter-American Defense College. He served as Deputy Commander at Sector Key West, where he oversaw all Coast Guard missions in the Florida Keys. From 2015 to 2019, he served at the Seventh Coast Guard District as Deputy Chief of Enforcement. He was responsible for all law enforcement operations in a 1.8 million square mile area of responsibility and as Operational Plans, Policy, and International Engagement Section Chief. From 2012 to 2015, he served as Sector Miami Command Center Chief, responsible for prosecuting and coordinating the Coast Guard’s response in one of the busiest operational areas. From 2008 to 2012, he served in the Office of International Affairs and Foreign Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington DC. He was responsible to the Commandant’s Foreign Policy Advisor for international policy and engagement in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Captain Rodriguez served as Deck Watch Officer onboard CGC COURAGEOUS and Operations Officer on CGC VIGILANT. Captain Rodríguez has served in various capacities throughout his career to include: Machinery Technician, Station San Juan, PR; Officer Trainee, Recruiting Office, San Juan, PR; Officer Candidate, Training Center Yorktown, VA; Cutter Scheduler and Logistics Officer, GANTSEC, San Juan, PR; International Operations Officer, GANTSEC, San Juan, PR; Intelligence Officer and Deputy Chief, Office of Law Enforcement, GANTSEC, San Juan, PR; and Enforcement Branch Chief, Sector San Juan, PR where he was responsible for all surface and air response assets operating in the Eastern Caribbean.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Interamerican University in Puerto Rico, a master’s degree in international public policy from Johns Hopkins University and, a master of science in hemispheric defense and security from the Inter-American Defense College. Captain Rodríguez is an Auxiliary Colonel in the Puerto Rico Police Department. Personal awards include the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, Expert Rifleman, and the Expert Pistol Shot. He has earned the Presidential Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, DOT Outstanding Unit Award, Coast Guard “E” Ribbon, 9-11 Ribbon, Special Operations Ribbon, in addition to several Meritorious Unit Commendation and Meritorious Team Commendation awards.
Captain Rodríguez is married to his best friend, Glory Ann Olmedo, from Ponce, Puerto Rico. They are the proud parents of Jesús-Javier, a freshman at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Captain Rodríguez enjoys spending quality time with family and traveling.