I had the honor of serving with Rodney while with HHC 1-12 Cav. I was his XO and as such, we worked very closely together. We were friends. He used to love calling me Mike when none of the soldiers were around.
We spent many a night on patrol, playing video games or just talking of home.
There were few days that went by that we didn't spend signficant time together.
I knew and saw the love he had for his family, as he talked about them continusiouly.
To this day, tears feel my eyes as I think about a wonderful person who was taken home before any of us were ready.
I still see photos of us and remember the good times.
I was honored when Rodney asked me to write a letter of Recomendation on his behalf for WO school.
The last time I saw him, we were both clearing from Hood.
I did get the chance to talk to him a few months before his last deployment, if I would have know it would be the last time, we would have talked longer.
To those he left behind, I don't have to tell you what u lost, he was a great man!