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Rolando Gómez, a Desert Storm army veteran, has traveled on assignments to 45 countries as a professional photojournalist that included a cover story assignment for Parade magazine, circulation 32 million printed copies. He’s authored five photography books and two self-help books, the latter earned him a favorable Kirkus Review plus in 2016, 2017, and 2018, he was honored as a Quora Top Writer.

Selected by the Dept. of Defense as one of the “Top Five” military combat photographers worldwide in 1994, Gómez eventually left the military and transitioned to fashion, glamour, and beauty photography.

He’s taught over 800 photography workshops in the past 18 years and as a guest, spoken at major universities and photo industry events including the universities of Texas, Virgin Islands, and Calgary, plus the annual Photo Plus Expo in Manhattan, Fotofusion, Palm Beach Photographic Center, Samy’s Camera, Photo Imaging and Design Expo, and the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP).

In the Fall of 2007, he conducted a 3-country, 7-city European tour for SUNBOUNCE and Calumet Photographic, Europe. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication, Electronic Media, summa cum laude, from the University of Texas, San Antonio and is trained as a mediator in conflict resolution.

Partial credits include: Maloof Sports and Entertainment, Studio Photography (as a featured photographer and contributing editor), Parade (cover story), PeopleNewsweekNew York TimesStars & StripesPlayboyMaximSports IllustratedAirmanSoldiersPhotoInsiderVisao (Portugal Weekly News Magazine, feature story on Photographic Therapy), PMA DailyRangefinder(cover story), Leica World News (feature story), Digital Imaging, St. Martin’s Press, Peterson’s 4-Wheel Drive, Keller Cresent Advertising Agency,, AOL/Time Warner, Evan Williams Bourbon, San Antonio Express NewsLa PrensaSouth Texas Reporter, PhotoMedia, ShutterbugPhoto District NewsD-Pixx (cover story, European), Zoom NL (Europe), Photographie (Europe), PROFIFTOTO (Europe), fotoMAGAZIN (Europe), FOTO-VIDEO DIGITAAL (Europe), Camera Magazine (Europe), and numerous other publications.

President George H.W. Bush personally thanked Rolando for his service during Operation Support Justice, the Latin American Drug War during the Pablo Escobar era. Photo captured at the Panamanian Presidential Palace in Panama, Central America.

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Civilian Education
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication, Electronic Media, summa cum laude (4.0 GPA), from the University of Texas, San Antonio 2001 and an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from St. Philips College, San Antonio. Gómez is also a State of Texas Mediator in Conflict Resolution. He is listed by the University of Texas, San Antonio as a “notable graduate.”

Military Education
The U.S. Army Advanced Photojournalism Course from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C. In addition he attended the Army’s Intermediate Photojournalism Course at Ft. Benjamin Harrison; Multimedia Managers Course at Defense Information School, Ft. Meade; Dept. of Defense World-Wide Combat Camera Workshop, Ft. Meade; Primary Leadership Development Course with the 3rd Armored Division, Butzbach Germany and the Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course at Lowry Air Force Base, Denver Colorado.

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Rolando was awarded the Dept. of Defense Meritorious Service Medal for his 26-month deployment in Operation Support Justice, the Latin America Drug War during the Pablo Escobar era.

Military Awards
Gómez’s military awards include the Department of Defense’s Meritorious Service Medal, the U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Good Conduct Medal (2 awards), National Defense Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Haiti Invasion), Southwest Asia Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon and the Army Overseas Ribbon (2 awards). U.S. Army qualification badges include the rifle, pistol, bayonet and grenade. Gomez also earned the German Armed Forces Badge for Weapons Proficiency, the German Schutzenschnur (shooting expert) medal in bronze from the German Army in Koblenz, Germany.

Rolando’s U.S. Army “dress blue” uniform when he left the military after almost nine years active-duty.

Military Service
8th Infantry Division, 3rd Battalion, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, Mainz, Germany; 5th Corps Headquarters, Special Troops Battalion, Frankfurt Germany; United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Panama City, Panama; Air Force News Agency, San Antonio, Texas (both active-duty, U.S. Army soldier, Staff Sergeant, E-6, and Air Force senior civilian employee, GS-12)

Military Operations
Desert Storm; Operation Support Justice, Latin America Drug War Escobar Era; Operation Support Hope, Rwanda; Operation Uphold Democracy, Haiti