COMMANDER ROD ROJAS
Commander Rojas, a native of Los Angeles, California, graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1997, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. Upon commissioning, he reported to sea duty aboard USCGC STORIS (WMEC 38) home ported in Kodiak, Alaska and then USCGC HAMILTON (WHEC 715) home ported in San Diego, California. As a Deck Watch Officer and then a Weapons Officer, he conducted numerous patrols in the Bering Sea; one of the world’s most lucrative yet dangerous fishing grounds.
His operational assignments have included service as Officer-In-Charge and Executive Officer over Coast Guard’s highly specialized tactical law enforcement teams. In this capacity, Commander Rojas was responsible for leading multiple international and homeland security missions including maritime counter drug deployments throughout the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific. During this period, he oversaw the efforts of numerous multi-ton narcotic seizures and the execution of maritime security deployments in support of both OPERATION ENDURING & IRAQI FREEDOM.
Commander Rojas went on to serve as the U.S. Coast Guard’s liaison officer to the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba where he acted as the principal conduit between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, State, Defense and Justice for narcotics and migration affairs with the Cuban Ministry of Interior, Border Guard and National Anti-Drug Directorate. He later served as Chief of Enforcement, Coast Guard Sector San Juan, where he oversaw all facets of Maritime Law Enforcement and Ports, Waterways & Coastal Security missions. Commander Rojas was the primary Coast Guard liaison to 18 partner nations throughout the Eastern Caribbean.
Prior to his current assignment as the Leadership, diversity and inclusion advisor to the Pacific Area Commander, Commander Rojas served as a strategic analyst on the Commandant’s staff and was the lead author for numerous Service-wide strategy documents. He also served as a program manager in the Coast Guard’s Office of Specialized Capabilities (CG-721), where he provided oversight and resourcing for all Coast Guard Deployable Specialized Forces, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear, Aerial Use-of-Force Precision Marksman, and Canine Explosive Detection programs.
Commander Rojas earned a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, RI. His personal awards include four Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, Department of State Superior Honor Award and several unit and service awards. Commander Rojas is married to the former Marisol Perez of Los Angeles, CA. They have three sons.