Lt. Col. Karen Rolirad
Show Date: April 18th, 2018
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Lt. Col, Caren Rolirad, USAF, Ret.
Deputy Directory, City of San Antonio
Office of Military and Veteran’s Affairs
Col. Rolirad is the Deputy Director of the Office of Military and Veteran Affairs for the City of San Antonio. In this role, she is serves as a Liaison to Joint Base San Antonio and the Military Community. Ms. Rolirad supports the 250,000 Veterans in San Antonio and partners with the Mayor Commission on Veteran Affairs to ensure that every veteran receives the support they deserve. Finally, she works with City and County Agencies, the Chambers of Commerce and Academia to guarantee that community of San Antonio is aware of all military and veteran issues and gathers.
Col. Rolirad retired from the United States Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel with 23+ years of service. She has proven success in leading people and managing complex organizations. As senior intelligence officer, Col. Rolirad commanded the AF Intelligence School House and supported global flying operations, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, cyber operations/intelligence and planning, programming and budgeting at the squadron, major command, Joint Task Force and at the National level. She is a Veteran of the Global War on Terrorism and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. She spent a majority of her military career deployed overseas in Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa. She is the recipient of the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Global.
Col. Rolirad graduated from the United States Air Force Academy (Class of 1993) earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in English and she holds three Masters Degrees:
Engineering Systems, St. Mary’s University, Texas (Distinguished Graduate);
Strategic Studies at the Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama (and)
Strategic Intelligence at the Joint Military Intelligence College, Washington D.C (Distinguished Graduate).
She is a graduate of the United States Air Force Weapons School, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Col. Rolirad is a native of San Antonio and comes from an Air Force Family. She is the Vice President of Scholarships and Grants for the Armed Forces Electronics Communications Association and on the Advisory Board for the UTSA Center for Military Families, and a member of the UTSA College of Sciences Advancement Council. She sponsors Alamo Region Woman are FIRST, Women and Wine and Leader to Leader.
Col. Rolirad is married to Michael Rolirad, United States Air Force (ret), a San Antonio native. They have 2 sons, 1 daughter and 4 granddaughters.