The Tennessee State Guard (TNSG) held a promotion ceremony at its headquarters site on Sidco Drive in Nashville, on Sept. 16. LTC Courtney Rogers was promoted to the rank of Colonel in a ceremony witnessed by numerous guests including her family, Headquarters Company, and 2nd Brigade Support Team. Presiding over the ceremony was BG (TN) Craig Johnson, TNSG Commanding.
Rogers also serves the State of Tennessee as State Representative Courtney Rogers, (R) District 45. She is retired from the Tennessee Air National Guard 118th Airlift Wing, located in Nashville. Her father was a Marine aviator, piloting Marine One for Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson. He was killed in action in Vietnam in 1968.
Rogers continued the tradition of military service and served 14 years on active duty in the United States Air Force (USAF) as an Intelligence Officer, Targeting Officer, and as a Nuclear advisor aboard the EC-135 Looking Glass aircraft that supports the President or Surviving National Command Authority in the event of national catastrophe and the mobilization of the president to safe quarters. She served during Operation Just Cause in Panama, the military operation that removed then Dictator Manuel Noriega.
Rogers and her husband, Captain Mike Rogers, also a US Air Force officer, left active duty after their first daughter Eryn was born. CPT Rogers then entered the private sector, and transferred to the TN Air National Guard serving as the 118th Aerial Port Squadron Commander and retiring as the Wing Inspector General. She was recruited into the Tennessee State Guard in 2013, and is currently assigned as the Director for Recruiting.
In her civilian life Rogers is serving a third term as a member of the Tennessee State House of Representatives, District 45, on both the full and sub-committees for Transportation and on full committee for Civil Justice. She has also served on the Criminal Justice Committee. Rogers is married to husband Mike Rogers, a vice president at Smith, Seckman, and Reid. The couple have three children - daughters Eryn and Kellen, and son Michael.