Quincy native Rod Rose has taken on the responsibilities of Chief of Staff for the South Pacific Division of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, marking a pivotal moment in his distinguished career.
Assuming his new role on July 31, 2023, Rose now oversees the administrative operations of the Division Headquarters and its staff elements, a news release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The South Pacific Division covers a vast region, including all or parts of ten states, with four operating districts situated in Albuquerque, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Francisco.
As Chief of Staff, Rose is tasked with fostering close liaison and personal coordination with various stakeholders, including higher headquarters, congressional offices, and federal, state, and local governmental agencies. His primary goal is to facilitate the programming, planning, and execution of civil works, Military programs, Interagency, and International services.
Before his current position, Rose served as the deputy director for the Strategic Effects Directorate in U.S. Army Japan and as the Political-Military Advisor to the Commanding General of USARJ at Camp Zama, Japan.
Rose’s journey to this significant role in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began in 2013 when he joined the Department of the Army Civilian workforce after a distinguished 34-year career in the U.S. Army. Commissioned as an Air Defense Artillery Officer in 1989 after graduating from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, he later attended the U.S. Army Special Operations fully funded master’s program as a resident student, earning a master’s degree in international relations from Troy University.
Throughout his impressive career, Rose has deployed or conducted training in various regions, including Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Northeast Asia, and Southeast Asia. His service spans over 35 years, encompassing roles as both a military officer and a senior Department of the Army Civilian.
Rose has received numerous military and civilian awards, including the prestigious Honorable Order of Saint Barbara. He is also a devoted Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and the Florida A&M University Alumni Association, proudly representing his hometown of Quincy, Florida.
Erin Hill – Gadsden County News Service