Rear Adm. Richard A. Rodriguez is a native of Pacifica, California and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Prep School in Newport, Rhode Island. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from USNA and a Master of Business Administration from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia, and completed courses at Columbia University, New York.
Rodriguez received his commission from USNA in 1988. After a season as a graduate assistant football coach at USNA, he completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training with Class 161 in 1989.
Rodriguez’s West Coast assignments in Naval Special Warfare include SEAL Team One assistant platoon officer in charge (OIC), platoon OIC and operations officer. He executed tours at Naval Special Warfare Group One, Naval Special Warfare Command and completed a deployment tour at U.S. Naval Forces Europe, London, England.
Command tours include NR Special Boat Team Twenty, NR Naval Special Warfare Unit Ten and NR Naval Special Warfare Group Three. He also served as military representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Military Committee.
Joint assignments include: Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Arabian Peninsula, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense – Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict, and Chief of Staff U.S. Africa Command, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa. His service overseas includes Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
In civilian capacity, Rodriguez is and has been a senior executive with several homebuilding and real estate development companies both public and private, national and international. As CEO of Emaar Dubai, he oversaw the development and construction of multiple iconic projects including the Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world.