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Lieutenant General David M. Rodriguez

Lieutenant General David M. Rodriguez

Commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command and Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces – Afghanistan

United States Army Lieutenant General David M.  Rodriguez became the first Commander of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command (IJC) on October 12, 2009. 
Lieutenant General Rodriguez’s mission for this NATO command is to direct day-to-day operations of coalition forces across Afghanistan while partnering with the Afghan security forces and institutions to help Afghans achieve a durable stability that will prevent terrorist and violent extremist groups from again taking root in Afghanistan. 
A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Lieutenant General Rodriguez graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1976. 
Previously, Lieutenant General Rodriguez served as the Military Assistant to Secretary of Defense Gates and, before that, as Commander of the 82nd Airborne Division and Regional Command - East in Afghanistan.  He commanded 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division and 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division.  As a Major, he served as the Operations Officer of the 1st Battalion 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and served as a J3 Plans Officer for XVIII Airborne Corps during Operation Just Cause. 
Lieutenant General Rodriguez is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, the Armor Officer Advanced Course, the United States Army Command and General Staff College, the School of Advanced Military Studies, the United States Naval War College, Joint Force Land Component Commander’s Course, and the Pinnacle Course.