Hispanic Heritage Month Profiles

Major Rene Rodruiguez, operations officer, Southwestern Division and his son Rene Rodruiguez II.
Major Rene Rodriguez, operations officer, Southwestern Division and his son Rene Rodriguez II.


Major Rene Rodriguez

Major Rene Rodriguez, the Southwestern Division’s operations officer for the past 15 months, is a third generation American whose great grandparents emigrated to the U.S. from northern Mexico.

Rodriguez works processing all Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tasks and tracks all training requirements. He has served as an Army officer for 16 years and this is his first assignment with the Corps. He joined the Army because he “wanted to give back to our great country. And, as a Soldier, your sacrifice makes a difference.”

The Farmersville, Texas native earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas and enjoys working out.

His Hispanic heritage instilled foundational values in him which include being “hardworking, proud and family is above all.”

A proud Soldier, Rodriguez says the Army is the backbone of this nation. “If you want to impact the world, join the Army!”

Hispanic Heritage Month Profiles

1st Lt. David Sanchez
1st Lt. David Sanchez

1st Lt. David Sanchez

1st Lt. David Sanchez has been the Military Personnel Officer, Readiness and Contingency Operations Section, Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, since March 16, 2015.

Sanchez, a Los Angeles, Calif., native, counts among his regular duties processing all service members’ administrative actions such as in-processing, out-processing, finance issues, financial and officer evaluation reports, slotting, manning, medical, dental, military awards, synchronizing all Southwestern Divisions events on the master calendar, assist operations during hurricanes, storms, floods, or any other natural disaster, and any other additional duties as assigned.

A first generation American, Sanchez’ parents emigrated from Mexico. He has been a member of the U.S. Army for seven years. He was inspired to become a Soldier in order to “to fight for people who can’t fight for themselves, to travel, and for the adventure.”

He graduated from R.L. Paschal High School, Fort Worth, Texas in 2007. He subsequently attended Texas Christian University, also in Fort Worth, graduating in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He is currently pursuing a master’s in Intelligence Studies with an emphasis in Intelligence Operations at the American Military University in Washington D.C.

Proud of his Hispanic roots, Sanchez enjoys having knowledge of different customs and traditions, knowing a second language, and enjoying different foods that may not be commonly known.

Sanchez enjoys weight lifting, running, reading, cooking out, and spending time with his family. He has a PitBull/Boxer mix dog named Rockie.

When talking about his USACE family he says, “The Corps has great people with warm hearts and personalities. Their sense of work ethic is radiating.”