Air Force captain who sacrificed life for fellow troops to receive Silver Star
Roland was born at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, in 1987, and also lived in Texas, New Mexico and Kentucky as his father was transferred around the country. He ran cross country and became an Eagle Scout in 2002. He was commissioned after graduating from the Air Force Academy in 2010. After finishing the two-year special tactics officer training program, he was assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron in the 720th Special Tactics Group, 24th Special Operations Wing, at Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt. He deployed to Afghanistan twice and to Africa once, and was also a joint terminal attack controller.