Biography of LTC ROACH
Lieutenant Colonel Alfred S. Roach, a native of South Bend, Indiana, is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Central Florida’s Fighting Knights Reserve Officer Training Battalion.
Lieutenant Colonel Roach’s military education includes the Infantry Officer’s Basic Course, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle Commander’s Course, Military Intelligence Officer’s Transition Course, Military Intelligence Officer’s Advanced Course, Combined Arms Staff and Services School, and the Army Counterintelligence Course. Lieutenant Colonel Roach is a 2009 Graduate of the US Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College, and a 2010 Graduate of the US Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies.
As a cadet he served as the Rifle Platoon leader of 1st Platoon, Company C, 2-124th Infantry Regiment (Light), Florida Army National Guard for two years. After being commissioned and completing the Infantry Officer’s Basic Course and Airborne School at FT Benning, Georgia, Lieutenant Colonel Roach was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion 8th Infantry Regiment (Mechanized), 3rd BDE, 4ID, as a rifle platoon leader. While at FT Carson, Lieutenant Colonel Roach also served as Executive Officer for Company A and Company C, as well as Battalion Assistant S-3, and was extended at FT Carson to serve as the Battalion S-2.
Upon completion of the Military Intelligence Officer Transition and Advanced Courses, Lieutenant Colonel Roach was assigned to XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery as the Deputy G-2. Following a year assignment at Corps Artillery, Lieutenant Colonel Roach was assigned as a Targeting Officer to the XVIII Airborne Corps Analysis and Control Element. Next he deployed with the 10th Mountain Division (Light) to Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, Former Republic of Yugoslavia, to serve at the Human Intelligence Analysis and Requirements Cell Officer in Charge and interim chief of Human Intelligence and Counter-intelligence (G2X) for Task Force Falcon (Kosovo Force rotation 3B November 2001 to April 2002). From 19 June 2002 to 20 June 2003 Lieutenant Colonel Roach Commanded Headquarters and Headquarters Support Company, 319th Military Intelligence Battalion (ABN), 525 MI BDE (ABN).
His last assignment prior to his Intermediate Level Education (ILE) was to the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and School, where Lieutenant Colonel Roach has served as a Small Group Instructor at the Military Intelligence Captain’s Career Course, a Teacher and Coach (TAC) Officer at the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course, the Military Intelligence Officer Transition Course Manager, Mobile Training Team Instructor to the Iraqi National Guard and the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course Manager. He deployed from Fort Huachuca from January of 2006 to February 2007 as the Intelligence Advisor and Brigade Executive officer for Brigade Border Transition Team 4310, assigned to train the 1st Brigade of the III Region Iraqi Border Police in Diyala, Iraq. In March of 2007 he became the Battalion S3 of the 309th Military Intelligence Battalion. After attending the Air Command and Staff College and School of Advanced Military Studies, Lieutenant Colonel Roach PCS’d to Ft Belvoir and became Chief of Transformation Plans Division, G3 Plans, Intelligence and Security Command.
On 7 June 2012 LTC Roach assumed command of the Army ROTC program at University of Texas, El Paso.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the NATO Kosovo Campaign Medal, the NATO Medal – Former Yugoslavia, the Operation Iraqi Freedom Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Ribbon with one Bronze Star device, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and Army Parachutist Badge