Staff Sergeant Roel Mora is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. While on active duty, he served in the Air Force transportation and vehicle maintenance field. He was part of a pilot team sent to Iraq to deploy new MRAP (mine resistant ambush protected) vehicles. He worked with a team of vehicle mechanics and vehicle operators to quickly address weaknesses in the design and improve armored devices to protect troops from evolving IED and ambush attacks.
In 2004, Roel volunteered for a special assignment with the Defense Intelligence Agency to research intelligence material for two units, Colombia and the Caribbean region. Following that, he volunteered as an interpreter to foreign dignitaries and military chiefs attending the Global Air Chief’s Conference in Washington, D.C. Both experiences inspired his interest in a career with the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Though Roel left active duty in 2009, he continues to serve in the Air Force Reserves as a military finance & comptroller technician. Roel plans to pursue a degree in economics and accounting. Upon graduation, he wants to continue his service in the Drug Enforcement Administration in the area of money laundering and accounting forensics.