JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas –
Juan P. Rodriguez was awarded the Department of the Navy’s Civilian Service Commendation Medal Dec. 1 at the Navy Talent Acquisition Group San Antonio at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.
Rodriguez, who has served as the education services specialist for Navy Recruiting District San Antonio, now NTAG San Antonio, since 2009, received the award for meritorious service for building professional relationships with institutions of learning, Military Entrance Processing Stations, Navy Recruiting Command, and educational services specialists throughout the nation.
“It’s always an honor to be recognized,” Rodriguez said. “It’s certainly a pleasure to be able to continue to serve after retiring from active duty.”
According to Capt. Anthony Bayungan, Navy Recruiting Region West commodore, Rodriguez has maintained a zero-discrepancy program for nearly 12 years and has been nationally lauded as the best educational services specialist by the National Assessment and Training Team, scoring 100 percent on three inspections.
“Rodriguez demonstrated superb leadership skills while conducting countless visits to school within NRD San Antonio’s area of responsibility,” said Bayungan, who visited NTAG San Antonio in November to present the command with the Recruiting Gold “R” Award. “His profound knowledge and guidance ensured the successful achievement of recruiter access directly contributing to the command’s recruiting goals.”
Rodriguez, a graduate of Hanna High School in Brownsville, Texas, joined the Navy in 1985 as a boatswain’s mate.
After completing his first assignment onboard the Austin-class amphibious transport dock USS Juneau (LPD-10), he reported to Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit in transition to Navy Recruiting District San Antonio, where he served as a recruiter, recruiter-in-charge, and zone supervisor from 1989 to 1994. During this tour, he was advanced to petty officer first class and selected for the Career Recruiting Force.
In March 1994, Rodriguez reported to NRD Seattle, where he served as zone supervisor for the largest geographical zone in the United States and earned recognition as Region West Zone Supervisor of the Year while advancing to chief petty officer.
From October 1997 to 2000, Rodriguez was selected for Instructor Duty at Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit Pensacola, where he became the first Navy counselor (Recruiting) to earn the Master Training Specialist designation (curriculum writing) and was chosen to be part of the National Inspection Team where he served as a field inspector.
In July 2000, he returned to NRD San Antonio where he served as zone supervisor for Zone 1, command trainer and assistant chief recruiter, receiving recognition as Region West Zone Supervisor of the Year and advanced to senior chief petty officer.
In July 2003, Rodriguez was selected to lead Navy Recruiting Command National Inspection Team and served as senior inspector and chief recruiter being advanced to master chief petty officer in 2005. He returned to NRD San Antonio in October 2005 as the chief recruiter where he retired in 2009 with 30 years of honorable and faithful service.
In February 2016, he was selected by NRC as the National Education Services Specialist’s Inspector and trainer, where he mentors education services specialists throughout the nation.
His academic achievements include a Bachelor of Science Degree from Wayland Baptist University in Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from Webster University.
NTAG San Antonio’s area of responsibility includes two Talent Acquisition Onboarding Centers which manage more than 34 Navy Recruiting Stations and Navy Officer Recruiting Stations spread throughout 144,000 square miles of Central and South Texas territory.