Rodney Jorges was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota Sept. 26, 1954. In March 1975 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Rodney went to basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. Was assigned to Advanced Individual Training at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md. He made E-2 and E-3 while at Aberdeen. His first duty assignment was in the Republic of Korea. Rodney made E-4 in Sept. 1975. His next duty assignment was at Ft. Riley, Ks. He went to the E-5 board while stationed at Ft. Riley. He again went to Korea in 1978. From Korea he went to Ft. Stewart, Ga. Rodney was promoted to SGT/E-5 and went to the E-6 board while at Ft. Stewart. Rodney then went to Germany. While he was in 66th Mt. Co. he made SSG/ E-6 and SFC/E-7. He was then transferred to Headquarters 87th Mt. Bn and worked on the Material Staff for 4 years. He was HHC 1SG August 1989 – September 1990. Rodney was then assigned to Combat Equipment Group Europe and was NCOIC of Quality Control at 1st. Combat Equipment Company in Mannheim Germany and was responsible for over 450 million dollars of equipment. He returned to the United States after 10 years and 11 months in Germany and was assigned to Readiness Group Redstone Maintenance Assistance and Instruction Team (MAIT). He assisted Army Reserve Units in Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Tennessee. He retired June 1, 1995 after 20 years of active duty. Rodney and his wife Helga lived in Huntsville, Al. for 22 years before moving to Tuscaloosa. Rodney is currently the Coordinator of Transportation for Tuscaloosa City Schools.
Inactive Reserve - March 1975 - May 1975
Active Duty - May 1975 - June 1995
Basic Combat Training May -July 1975 D-5-2 Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.
Advanced Individual Training Sept. - November 1975 Aberdeen Proving Grounds Md.
61stCS Maintenance Company (DS) 8th Army Uijongbu, South Korea Jan 1976 - Feb. 1977
HC USAG 1st. Infantry Division Ft. Riley, Ks. April 1977 - Sept. 1978
F. Co. 702ndMt. Bn. 2nd Infantry Division Tongduchon, Korea Oct. 1978 - Sept. 1979
A Co. 724thMt. Bn 24th Infantry Division Ft. Stewart, Ga. Oct. 1979 - July 1982
66thMt. Co. 2nd Support Command Kitzingen, Germany August 1982 - May 1985
HHC 87thMt. Bn. 2nd Support Command Wertheim, Germany May 1985 - Oct. 1990
1stCombat Equipment Company Combat Equipment Group Europe Mannheim, Germany Oct. 1990 - July 1993
USA Readiness Group Redstone Huntsville, Al. Sept. 1993 - June 1995
Basic Technical Course – Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md. Feb. 1981
PLDC – 3rdInfantry Division, Kitzingen, Germany March 1984
ANCOC – Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md. Honor Graduate March 1986
Columbia College Redstone Arsenal, Al. - B.A. General Studies W/Minor in Criminal Justice
3-Army Commendation Medals, 2 Army Achievement Medals, Good Conduct Medal 6, National Defense Ribbon, Non-Commissioned Officers Professional Ribbon ship with Numeral 3, Army Service Ribbon, 2 Overseas Ribbons, Expert Qualification Badge with Automatic Rifle Bar, Marksman Qualification Badge with Grenade Bar, Driver and Mechanic Badge with Mechanic Bar.