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RMI in association with PRI training and tactics hosted the 1st Annual Combat Wounded Warrior Shoot in Nunnley TN. The purpose of this activity was to provide self-defense handgun training to combat wounded veterans with disabilities.
Today our Veterans continue to carry the legacy and fighting spirit displayed by our forefathers in past conflicts all around the world. During the past two days we were able to witness the intestinal fortitude of our nation's disabled veterans, who must overcome challenges and adversity long after their time in combat has ended.
RMI was proud in working alongside with other supporters making this activity a total success. We will continue to support our nation's veterans in any way we can.
Clarksville, TN, June 3, 2010 - On May, 27, 2010,
MSG Luis Rodriguez (Ret), President of RMI attended the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum 19th annual "Salute to Freedom Dinner" in New York City as a special invited guest of the General David H. Petraeus, Commander of the United States Central Command. During the ceremony General Petraeus gave honor to Mr. Rodriguez and three other severely combat wounded service members for their sacrifice and heroic service to our nation. Mr. Rodriguez served with the 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101stAirborne Division during the invasion of Iraq at which time General Petreaus was the 101st Commanding General.
At the dinner General Petreaus was presented with the "Intrepid Freedom Award" This award is presented to a national or international leader who has distinguished him or herself in providing and defending the core values of our country. "It was a great honor to be recognized by the GEN Petraeus and to have the opportunity to spend time with the General and several wounded warrior bothers. This is a night that I will never forget"
Luis Rodriguez is now the President and Founder of RMI. RMI provides a variety of services to the Department of Defense including: combat medical training through the use of simulation, IT services and support, and general professional services in support of our Nation's global mission. It is RMI's goal to provide employment for service-disabled and other combat veterans. "They still want to serve – L. Rodriguez"
RMI is a, minority owned, service disabled-veteran owned small business headquartered in Clarksville, TN.
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Taken at the Salute to Freedom Dinner in New York City, Luis Rodriguez, GEN David Petraeus and Command Sergeant Major Marvin Hill (pictured from left to right) celebrate the award to GEN Petraeus.
2nd Brigade Combat Team,
101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs
Story by Sgt. James Hunter
Date: 11.06.2009 Posted: 11.16.2009 04:20
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Master Sgt. (Retired) Luis Rodriguez joined the Army in 1990 as an Army Medic.
Over the years, Rodriguez would serve in a variety of units and in an assortment of jobs, such as a line medic, flight medic, treatment non-commissioned officer, and even an instructor at the Rascon School of Combat Medicine.
But it was his time as a medical platoon sergeant with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment that would change his life forever.
While deployed to Mosul in northern Iraq in November 2003, Rodriguez and his medics were sent on a mission to check out a local hospital. They would never make it to the Iraqi hospital, as their convoy was hit by an improvised explosive device.
During an interview in 2006 with Eric Weiner of the National Public Radio, Rodriguez said, "What I felt was somebody putting a metal bucket on my head, and hitting me with a baseball bat."
His head was ringing and the convoy began receiving sporadic enemy gun-fire, and on top of all that Rodriguez was in pretty bad shape.
Another medic pulled him from his vehicle and began placing a tourniquet around his right leg.
Rodriguez asked about his leg, and all he heard was silence. His first sergeant, however, told him that it was gone.
Rodriguez lost his right leg and now feared for his life as he was bleeding heavily from his extremity.
During the interview, all he could think about during this tumultuous time was seeing his wife and kids.
Rodriguez would survive and would begin recovering at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Rodriguez would eventually retire in September 2007, but his service to his country is far from over.
On Nov. 6, Rodriguez replaced Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Harvey P. Appleman as the Honorary Command Sergeant Major of the 502nd Infantry Regiment and 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
Appleman, who served as the regiments first HCSM for the last 25 years, was an active link between the past and present Soldiers of the regiment.
"In his service as the Honorary Command Sergeant Major, he has displayed unwavering dedication in building regimental continuity and esprit de corps," said Col. Arthur Kandarian, commander, 2nd BCT. "He continues to instill in our Strike Soldiers and leaders of the 502nd Regiment with a keen sense of duty, selfless service, and love of country."
Kandarian said Appleman exemplified his responsibilities and served in the best interests of the historic regiment, ensuring all truly understood the proud traditions and history of the "five-o-deuce."
Kandarian asked Rodriguez to continue in the proud tradition and selfless service needed to maintain the regiment's traditions, lineage and history.
Rodriguez is very thankful and proud to now represent the great Soldiers of this historic regiment, because it was nearly six years ago this month that Soldiers of the 502nd put their lives on the line to bring him home to his family.
"...I left part of my body in Iraq," he said as he spoke to the Soldiers of the Strike Brigade. "Being a medic I know what it is to provide care, but that day... I was on the other side â€" I was a casualty. The five-o-second brought me home."
Rodriguez said his time in the 502nd was an experience he'll never forget. The men he served with pushed through tough times though often overwhelmed by enemy forces. They never left behind a fallen comrade, and, "that's something I carry in my heart for the rest of my days.
" Rodriguez looks forward to his next tour with the five-o-second, this time as the regiment's Honorary Command Sergeant Major.
He did, however, have one last message for the troops of Strike that day. "Make sure you bring hell to the enemy when it's time to bring hell."
"In OCT 2009, RMI assisted the ABC's Extreme Makeover home Edition by providing equipment and volunteers in order to help in the construction of a new house for the family of a fallen Police officer who was killed in the line of duty" "RMI feels it was a great honor to be part of this amazing experience"
RMI's equipment and volunteers were instrumental in the overall success of the project.
L. Rodriguez (with prosthetic leg) along with other volunteers in the process of discussing the next phase of Home Make Over project.