Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Hipolito Rodriguez was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico.  He enlisted in the United States Army From New York City, N.Y. on 23 April 1995.  He completed OUST (One Unit Station Training) at FT Knox Kentucky, to become a 19K Armor Crewman.

CSM Rodriguez’s unit of assignments include: Delta Company 2nd Battalion 8th Cavalry, Fort Hood, Texas, Bravo Company 1st Battalion, 37th Armor, Freidberg, Germany, Alpha Company 2nd Battalion, 46th Infantry, Fort Knox, Kentucky, Delta Company 2nd Battalion 9th Infantry Regiment, Camp Casey, Korea, Military Transition Team (FPTT), Iraq, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, Baumholder, Germany, Delta Troop 5th Cavalry, 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Baumholder, Germany, Delta Troop 5th Cavalry, 15th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, Korea, United States Sergeant Majors Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas, Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry, Hohenfels, Germany, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Cobra Team, Operations Group, Fort Irwin, California.

CSM Rodriguez’s military training and civilian education includes Basic Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, United States Army Drill Sergeant School, Senior Leaders Course, M1A1 Abrams Master Gunner School, Advance Military Transition Team Course, Small Group Instructor Course, Battle Staff Course, 80hr SHARP Course, Master Resiliency Course, Joint Fire Course, Executive Cavalry Leaders Course, and the United States Sergeant Major Academy (Class #68). He holds a Bachelor degree in Homeland Security from American Military University.

CSM Rodriguez’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (5 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (5 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (5 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (9th Award), National Defense Medal (1 Campaign Star), Armed Force Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal (1 Campaign Star), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Star), Korean Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (1 Campaign Star), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal,  Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (#5), NATO Medal (3 Campaign Stars), Army Service Medal, Overseas Service Medal (6th Award), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2OLC), Valorous Unit Award, Military Unit Commendation, Drill Sergeant Badge, Master Gunner Identification Badge, and the Combat Action Badge.  Additionally, CSM Rodriguez is a recipient of the Bronze Medal of the Order of Saint George Medal and the Centurion Medal of the Order of Saint Maurice. 

CSM Rodriguez is married to Andrea E. Rodriguez and has two sons, Ryan (22) and Alexander (18) who currently reside in Orlando Florida.