Mark Alexander / June 14, 2022

LTG Don Rodgers — American Patriot

“At attention or in repose the Patriot commands the strength to vanquish all foes.”

It was 30 years ago at the conclusion of Operation Desert Storm, that I met a new friend at a national security briefing. He had just retired from active duty and joined the reserve national defense unit in which I was serving at the time.

He was a fellow Tennessean named Don Rodgers, a Vietnam vet whose last career post was Director of Defense Information System Agency (DISA) and the Manager of the National Communications System (NCS). He had previously served as Commanding General, United States Army Information Systems Command, at Fort Gordon, and concurrently served as the Commanding General of Fort Gordon.

I recognized his name because his lovely spouse, June Scobee Rodgers, widow of Challenger Shuttle commander Dick Scobee, served on a ministry board with my wife. June’s spirit is defined by silver linings in storms of sorrow, and she remains a constant source of inspiration for all around her every day.

Don and June were introduced by former President George H.W. Bush, and after they were married, moved to our hometown. Don and I became instant friends, but I suspect anybody who knew Don well would say they became instant friends — that was Don’s nature.

Accordingly, Don was a motorcycle enthusiast and always had a great bike – he toured with veteran groups. But you would not know if he had three stars or three stripes, every active-duty warrior and veteran of any rank was a peer.

He was an accomplished leader and, like all great leaders, he combined both strength and humility. He and June are people of extraordinary courage commensurate with their strong faith.

It was with a deep sense of sadness and loss that I heard from June of Don’s passing – it reduces me to tears as I write this.

June said of her husband and best friend: “He was a delightful friend to all he met, he was a loving and faithful husband, a devoted Dad and playful grandfather. He was ever so proud to serve his country for 34 years. He was a true Patriot.”

Indeed!

As was the case with another great Patriot we lost earlier this year, Lt. Col. Bill Gauntt (USAF, Ret.), POW, Don was a member of our Patriot Post National Advisory Committee and a fellow board member of the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center.

Our National Advisory Board chairman and Patriot Post military analyst B. B. Bell, General (U.S. Army, Ret.), offered these words in tribute to our friend:

“Lieutenant General Don Rodgers was one of America’s finest military leaders and communications/electronics experts. When he was serving, the word was out — If you have a communications, electronics, or signals intelligence issue, Don Rodgers will make it better, fix it, or, if necessary, throw it out and give you something better. He did not know the word, "no.” He was legendary and crucial to America’s military successes over his years of service. We all find a couple of leaders who we respect and admire and as I was progressing through the ranks this great man was one who I looked up to and learned from. Thank you, sir, for all you did for your nation, America’s military, and our great Army. When one touches buttons in today’s military (and everything is controlled and directed through these electronic miracles!), the electrons figure out where to go and what to do because of Don Rodgers. God rest your soul. You were one of our great ones. You are now free in Heaven to help God communicate His word to us all.“

June and Dick Scobee’s daughter, Kathie Scobee Fulgham, noted that Don was her Dad for the last 33 years.

She sent this fitting tribute to Don: "Always the Patriot”

“At attention or in repose the Patriot commands the strength to vanquish all foes; Righteous battles he fought for the nation he served so freedom could reign and our words could be heard; But the heart of the Patriot beats louder than war, his steadfast courage, loyalty and pride inspired his soldiers to strengthen them more; Years he devoted his life to that call time away, missed holidays, sacrifices were made by his family and all; From all of life’s battles — the small and the great, he surrounds them with love, builds them up, keeps them safe; And who watches over the Patriot as he tasks? The great Patriot Maker listens to all that he asks; And gifts him with wisdom, strength and resolve, his faith never ending from Heaven above; The Patriot’s legacy will never wither away, because the Patriot’s spirit lives inside us today. His enduring love guides us every step every day!”

Don has rejoined the ranks of all those American Patriots with whom he served. Please join me lifting June and their family up high in prayer.

(Memorial Donations can be made to the Tennessee Tech University Foundation, in memory of LTG Don Rodgers and designated for the College of Engineering, PO Box 1915, Cookeville, TN 38505. Donations can also be made online.)

(Visit the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center website.)

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776

Start a conversation using these share links:

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!

★ PUBLIUS ★

“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2022 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.