Roland Rainey, Jr
Roland Rainey, Jr
Roland Rainey, Jr., is a business developer, educator, entrepreneur, football broadcaster and scout, community leader, and retired U.S. Air Force officer (Lieutenant Colonel). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University in Human Development (2003), a Master of Science degree from Troy University in International Relations with emphasis in Global Studies (2008), a Master of Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in Counseling & Leadership Development (2017), and a Certificate from Harvard Business School in Entrepreneurship Essentials (2019). He is currently the Director of Strategic Business Development at Kratos Defense and Security Solutions.
Roland has devoted his life to education and the service of others, his community, and the nation. He has served as an Adjunct Professor, Political Science/International Relations, Colorado State University-Pueblo Continuing Education (campus in Colorado Springs), a current member of the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council Board of Directors, current member of Banning Lewis Academy Board of Directors, and served as the Vice-Chair of the El Paso County Citizen’s Outreach Group.
His passion for the sport of football and business led to the creation of his very own Semi-Professional Football Organization, the Colorado Springs Cyclones (2009-2018). His focus was to promote the sport of football in the state of Colorado, while mentoring and developing young men of character. He furthered this passion by receiving a Sports Management certificate in Professional Football Scouting and General Manager practices. Roland attended several NFL Combines and the 2020 East-West Shrine Bowl as an apprentice. In 2020, he also started and hosted a radio sports talk show, The EXTRA Point, on ESPN Denver 1600AM. He has also worked and volunteered his talents to the San Francisco 49ers Foundation, Philadelphia Eagles Youth Football Program, and the Denver Broncos Youth and High School Program.
Roland was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) upon graduation from Colorado State University (2003), where he was selected as the commencement student speaker. During his military career, Roland was a 3-time Commanding Officer, operations and staff officer in Air Force Space Command (now U.S. Space Force), and the National Reconnaissance Office. He also served as the Commander for Cadet Squadron 15 at the Air Force Academy, where he was responsible for the military training of 110 cadets. He also served as the Deputy Director, Executive Action Group, for the first-ever Chief of Space Operations, and helped stand-up the newest military branch of the Department of Defense. Roland is a proven combat-veteran with a deployment to a combat-zone, Bagram, Afghanistan in 2019.
His affiliations and accomplishments include: Recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, U.S. Delegate to the International Committee for Global Navigation, multiple military Field and Company Grade Officer Awards, to name a few.
Hobbies: fishing, football, traveling, playing the trombone, and flying Cessna’s