MSG Alan Roche enlisted as an Infantryman in 2004, and was assigned as a Rifleman in E Company, 629th MI Bn (LRS), 29th ID and later as a Rifleman and Assistant Machine Gunner in B Company, 1/67 AR, 2BCT, 4th ID. He passed Special Forces Assessment and Selection in 2007 and graduated as an Engineer Sergeant in 2009. Following graduation, he was assigned to 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and served as an Engineer Sergeant, Senior Engineer Sergeant, and Intelligence Sergeant in 2nd Battalion, as an Intelligence Sergeant in 4th Battalion, as well as Company Operations Sergeant, Detachment Operations Sergeant, and S3 Operations Sergeant in 3rd Battalion. Throughout his military service, MSG Roche deployed multiple times to SOUTHCOM and CENTCOM, including combat operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria.
MSG Roche’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star (3OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal (1OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1SOLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (5th Award), Operation Enduring Freedom Campaign Ribbon (1 Campaign Star), Operation Iraqi Freedom Campaign Ribbon (2 Campaign Stars), Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Ribbon (2 Campaign Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (M Device), Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (4th Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, NATO ISAF Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Senior Parachutist Wings, Air Assault Wings, Italian Parachutist Wings, and Chilean Parachutist Wings.
MSG Roche’s military education include Common Faculty Development-Instructor Course, Advanced Situational Awareness Course, ARSOF Senior NCO Fundamentals Course, Special Forces Sniper Course (Level 2), USASOC Static Line Jumpmaster Course, Master Mountaineering Course, FRIES/SPIES Master Course, Special Forces Intelligence Sergeant Course, Senior Mountaineering Course, Ranger School, Special Forces Qualification Course, SERE, Long Range Marksmanship Course, Airborne Course, Air Assault School, and all levels of NCO Professional Development up to the Master Leader Course. MSG Roche holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.
MSG Roche is married to his beautiful wife, Sarah, and is father to Micah and Kimberly.