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Charles G. Rodriguez promoted to brigadier general

San Antonio (Jan. 15, 2003) — Charles G. Rodriguez, Ph.D., assistant vice president for university relations at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), was honored in the campus auditorium Jan. 13 with a promotion ceremony to brigadier general of the line in the Texas Army National Guard.

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Harold L. Timboe, M.D., and Maj. (Ret.) Cappy Rodriguez pinned the star on Gen. Rodriguez's shoulders, signifying his promotion. Dr. Timboe is associate vice president for administration at UTHSCSA and former commander of Brooke Army Medical Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Cappy Rodriguez, Gen. Rodriguez's wife, is administrative assistant at UTHSCSA and is retired from the U.S. Army Reserve.

Col. (Ret.) Joseph Rodriguez honored his son with remarks. Col. Rodriguez served 30 years in the Army with active duty in several Latin American countries. He said the young people in his family have been "straight arrows" representing the best in American values. His son, known as Chuck, was the first to go to West Point.

Dr. Timboe, who is working with Gen. Rodriguez on homeland defense issues at the Health Science Center, said Gen. Rodriguez has several excellent characteristics, including an obvious commitment and caring for the military and for his civilian employment.

"Where does America get its generals?" Dr. Timboe asked. "They come from families, from values learned in our churches and schools, and from the respect of soldiers under command."

Gen. Rodriguez is deputy commander of the 71st Troop Command at Camp Mabry in Austin. He joined the Texas Army National Guard in 1995 after 11 years in the U.S. Army Reserve. After his graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1975, he was assigned to active duty and earned leadership and command experience from platoon through regimental level. He and his wife served tours of duty in Germany and Gen. Rodriguez completed eight years of active duty before joining the Army Reserve in 1984.

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.

Contact: Will Sansom