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Gov. Perry Appoints Brig. Gen. Rodriguez as Adjutant General of Texas

Location: Austin, TX

Gov. Perry Appoints Brig. Gen. Rodriguez as Adjutant General of Texas

Gov. Rick Perry today announced the appointment of Brig. Gen. Charles G. Rodriguez of San Antonio as the Adjutant General of Texas for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2007. The adjutant general is commander of the state and National Guard forces in Texas.

"General Rodriguez is an outstanding Texan who will be a strong leader of our Texas Military Forces," Perry said. "His expertise in homeland security issues and his nearly 30 years of military experience have equipped him well to lead the 18,000 men and women of the Army and Air National Guard, the Texas State Guard and the Adjutant General's Department."

Rodriguez currently serves as assistant vice president for university relations and deputy director of the Center for Public Health Preparedness and Biomedical Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He is a member of the Association of the United States Army, the World Affairs Council of San Antonio, and the National Guard Association of the United States. Rodriguez also is a member of Hispanics in Philanthropy, the National Guard Association of Texas and the Military Officers Association of America. He is a life member of the American G.I. Forum, D.C. chapter.

Rodriguez previously served on the development advisory board of the Texas A&M University College of Education, as a former co-chair of the education council in the San Antonio Greater Chamber of Commerce School Boards Committee, for eight years as a board member of Texas STARBASE (a youth development non profit organization in Houston) and for three years as president of the Graduate Alumni Association of The Union Institute.

A 1975 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where his bachelor of science degree was in electrical engineering with a humanities concentration, he received a master of arts degree in marketing research from Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton, Ill., a master of business administration in marketing from Keller Graduate School of Management in Illinois, and a Ph.D. in philanthropic leadership from The Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Rodriguez has more than 29 years of commissioned service and serves as the Texas Assistant Adjutant General for Homeland Defense in the Texas Joint Force Headquarters, stationed in Austin. He has resided in San Antonio for more than 10 years and is married to Cappy Rodriguez, a 20-year commissioned officer veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve. Their two adult children live and attend college in San Antonio. Rodriguez is the son of retired Army Col. and Mrs. Joseph Rodriguez of El Paso. His father received the Congressional Medal of Honor for service with valor during the Korean War.

Brig. Gen. Rodriguez has been nominated by President Bush to the rank of Major General in the Army National Guard of the United States, pending U.S. Senate appointment for federal recognition.

Perry's appointment of Rodriguez as Adjutant General of Texas is subject to Texas Senate confirmation.

Rodriguez is replacing Lt. Gen. Wayne D. Marty, who is retiring. Marty has served as adjutant general since August 2002, when Perry appointed him to the position. Marty began his military career in 1965 and earned 21 air combat medals during his service in Vietnam before leaving active duty and joining the Texas National Guard in 1970. Among his many military service decorations, Marty has been awarded the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (with silver oak leaf cluster), the National Defense Service Medal (with bronze service star), the Meritorious Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters) and the Legion of Merit.

"General Marty has served with distinction during times of war and peace, earning not only several decorations, but the trust and respect of all who have served with him and under him," Perry said. "He has been a great leader of our Guard forces, and we wish him well as he retires after four decades of outstanding service to our state and nation."

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