Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Rodriguez, Jr. is the Commander of the 637th Training Group, and the Commandant of the Defense Language Institute English Language Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The 637th TRG consists of three squadrons executing the Department of Defense English language training program. He oversees an on-campus program for military and civilian leaders from over 110 countries annually and at over 30 non-resident locations around the world. As the Gateway to America for all its international students, DLIELC also provides a comprehensive American cultural immersion experience through a program of excursions and community interactive projects.
He is a member of the Air National Guard and supports the total force mission for the Department of Defense. He is dually tasked as member of the 149th Fighter Wing, 149th Medical Group Detachment 1 where he serves as the Commander of a Homeland Response Force unit under the Defense Support to Civil Authorities mission to the United States.
Prior to the DLIELC assignment, Lt Col Rodriguez attended the Inter-American Defense College where he studied Western Hemisphere Defense and Security. In his previous assignment he served as the Bilateral Affairs Officer for the Office of Security Cooperation at the United States Embassy in Santiago, Chile. He directed the State Partnership Program between Texas and Chile in addition to the Traditional Commanders Activities between the United States and Chile. He is a graduated commander and joint-qualified officer and has held positions as an Operations Officer, Senior Healthcare Administrator, Joint Forces-J5 Officer, Regional All Hazards Planner, and Deputy Air Joint Surgeon. He holds a special experience identifier as a Contingency Wartime Planner and has deployed domestically to support hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Dean.
Lt Col Rodriguez received his commission from the Army National Guard in 2001, where he served as a Medical Service Corps and Operations Officer followed by a tour as an Officer Candidate School (OCS) TAC Officer. In 2005, he transferred to the Air National Guard as an MSC Officer. He is a trained Air Force Foreign Area Officer with Security Cooperation expertise in Global Health Engagement, Humanitarian Assistance, Disaster Response, and Global Peace Keeping Initiatives with concentration in the Western Hemisphere.
1996 Bachelors of Science, Biomedical Science, Wayland Baptist University, Plainview TX
2006 Master of Arts, International Relations, National Security Policy, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio TX
2009 Squadron Officers School (Correspondence)
2014 Security Cooperation Management, Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
2015 Air Command and Staff College (Correspondence)
2018 Master of Science, Defense and Security, Inter-American Defense College, Ft. McNair, Washington D.C.
Mar 01 – Jan 04, Patient Administrator, Physical Exam Station, Fort Sam Houston, TX
Jan 04 – Nov 05, Officer Candidate School Instructor / TAC, Officer Candidate School, Camp Swift, TX
Nov 05 – Jan 07, Chief, Medical Logistics, 149th Medical Group, Lackland AFB, TX
Jan 07 – Aug 11, Senior Administrator, SGA, 149th Medical Group / Medical Facility, JBSA-Lackland, TX
Aug 11 – Jan 12, Homeland Response Force Plans Officer, Bee Caves Armory, Austin, TX
Jan 12 – Mar 14, Joint Regional Plans Officer, Joint Forces Headquarters J-5, Camp Mabry, TX
Mar 14 – Jun 17, Operations / Bilateral Affairs Officer, Security Cooperation Office / U.S. Embassy Santiago, Chile
Jun 17 – Jun 18, Foreign Area Officer, Inter-American Defense College, Fort McNair, Washington D.C.
Jun 18 – Apr 19, Commander, 149th Medical Group Detachment 1, JBSA-Lackland, TX
Apr 19 – Present, Deputy/Commander, 637th Training Group / Deputy/Commandant DLIELC, JBSA-Lackland, TX
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal/3 Oak Leaf Cluster
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal/1 Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal/3 Oak Leaf Clusters
Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal/1 Bronze Star
Humanitarian Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal/1 Oak Leaf Cluster
ACHIEVEMENTS / DATES OF PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant 23 Mar 2001
First Lieutenant 23 Mar 2003
Captain 06 May 2005
Major 14 Dec 2009
Lieutenant Colonel 26 Dec 2013
(Current as of June 2019)