COL Rolando Castro was born in Havana, Cuba and came to the United States as a Cuban refugee in 1962. He later became a naturalized American citizen in Kalamazoo, MI in 1970.
COL Castro entered active duty at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, where he attended Basic Training in 1979. He served four years of prior service in various assignments as a 91E, Dental Specialist. COL Castro left enlisted service in 1983 on an ROTC Enlisted Scholarship to Western Michigan University. He graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. His first assignment was at Ft. Knox, KY as a Medical Platoon Leader in 5/33 AR, followed by assignment to the 42nd Field Hospital where he served as a Hospital Unit Leader and Company Commander.
Subsequent assignments include: Plans and Training Officer, Directorate of Combat Developments, Ft. Sam Houston, TX; Chief Ambulatory Care Support Branch, Martin Army Community Hospital, Ft. Benning, GA; Chief, Clinical Support Division, Gorgas Army Hospital, Panama; Clinic Commander, USA Health Clinic, Dugway Proving Grounds, UT; Chief, Managed Care Division, USAMEDDAC, Wuerzburg, Germany; Deputy G3, 30th Medical Brigade, Heidelberg, Germany; G3, 30th Medical Brigade (Rear), Heidelberg, Germany; Deputy Chief of Staff, European Regional Medical Command, Heidelberg, Germany; Deputy Commander for Administration, USAMEDDAC, Heidelberg; and Deputy Commander of Task Force 115th MED at Camps Cropper, Bucca, and Taji, Iraq. COL Castro most recently served as the Chief of Staff, Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, NC.
COL Castro received his Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration from Baylor University through the Army-Baylor Program in 1993. He is a graduate of the Combined Arms Services Staff School and the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS. COL Castro is also board certified as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the Upsilon Phi Delta National Honor Society in Health Administration.
His awards include the Bronze Star (One Oak Leaf Cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (Five Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal (Second Award), the Iraqi Campaign Medal (Four Campaign Stars), the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and the Expert Field Medical Badge.