Staff Sergeant Noah J. Rogness

Age: 27
Current Unit: Office of the Chief of Chaplains
Current Position: Mobilization and Ecclesiastical Endorsements NCO
Component: Army Reserve
Current Location: Arlington, Va.
Hometown: Hopkins, Minn.
Years of Service: 9
Number of Deployments and Mobilization: 4

Staff Sgt. Rogness enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in his senior year of High school in 1999, following in the rich family tradition to serve their country and its military. His older brother served in the Army National Guard as an Infantryman. His father served in the Air Force as a C-130 mechanic at Bein Hoa Airbase during the Vietnam Conflict. Both of his grandfathers served in the U.S. military during WWII. One of his grandfathers served as an Army Infantrymen and was assigned in the Philippines, while his other grandfather served in the Navy onboard the Shamrock Bay Escort Carrier in the South Pacific. Growing up in a family that has felt called to serve, Rogness felt no different and was eager to join the family tradition of service to a nation that had given so much to his family.

Rogness grew up in Hopkins, Minn., a town that still holds true to small town traditions and values near Minneapolis. As part of the high school wrestling team, he learned the discipline, determination, and dedication it takes to accomplish goals, the importance of doing your best, and the importance of sacrificing personal priorities for the greater cause of a team. He has carried those values with him wherever his life has taken him--through college, deployments, and mobilizations throughout the world. The values he has been taught growing up have assisted him to persevere through whatever the trials have been in his life.

Sept. 11, 2001, brought great changes for Rogness, who was attending classes at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. At the time Rogness was serving as a Chaplain Assistant with the 100th Chaplain Detachment, he was mobilized as part of the first Army Reserve Unit from Minnesota to depart for Afghanistan in support of the Global War on Terrorism after 9/11.

There, he was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division Chaplains Office. Following the deployment, he returned to school and continued working towards a Bachelors of Applied Science degree in Community Health. He also continued to serve in the Army Reserve as an instructor for the Army Reserves Marriage Enrichment program, assisting Soldiers returning from deployments and mobilizations, together with their spouses.

Before finishing school and earning his degree in May of 2008, he departed school two additional times to JTF-Bravo in Honduras and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The skills Rogness learned over the course of his mobilizations and deployments have made him a better person and assisted him not just as a member of the Army, but as a student in the classroom as well.

Since graduation, Rogness was selected to mobilize and serve in the Office of the Chief of Chaplains as the Mobilization and Ecclesiastical Endorsements NCO at the Pentagon. Rogness works in the Directorate of Plans, Policy Development and Training for the Army Chaplain Corps.

In these positions, he validates, assists, and gives guidance to chaplains in the Ecclesiastical Endorsement process; and provides Mobilization and Deployment analysis support for the Chaplain Corps.