Lt. Col. Pia Rogers is currently the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the 82d Airborne Division, a division of the United States Army that specializes in parachute assault. She previous served as the Command Judge Advocate of the US Army Special Operations Aviation Command (Airborne) in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Lt. Col. Rogers was a member of the Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) at Syracuse University and was commissioned in 1998, before returning to complete her JD/MPA at Maxwell.
As Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, Lt. Col. Rogers helps to lead Soldier-lawyers, paralegals, and legal administrators within the division to "provide timely, proactive, and accurate legal support to the 82d Airborne Division, subordinate units and personnel, and other organizations as necessary, on all matters, in order to support mission success."
Before assuming her current position, she was the Command Judge Advocate for the United States Army Special Operations Aviation Command (Airborne) in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where she the personal staff officer and principal legal advisor to the Commanding General. She also spent a year at the Command General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Prior to moving to Kansas, she taught contract and fiscal law at the U.S. Army Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Lt. Col. Rogers deployed to Afghanistan from June 2010 to June 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom prior to teaching.
During her time at Maxwell, Lt. Col. Rogers recalls three professors that made a lasting impression: Professors William Banks, Sean O'Keefe, and Ralph Ketcham. "Professor Banks definitely inspired me because he constantly challenged the class with scenarios and real-world events that would inspire thought-provoking discussion...The thought-provoking discussion in Banks’ counterterrorism class was relevant, necessary, and, at the time, very novel. I remember juxtaposing my future role in the US Army with the demands of the Posse Comitatus Act, and I am grateful for the glimpse the class gave me of policy that continues to affect and shape my future," says Rogers.
Although Lt. Col. Rogers was a student before the establishment of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT), she took classes that have become part of the institutions' core. "If I could turn back the hands of time, I would want to join younger colleagues in their INSCT studies because I graduated before the Institute got its start," says Lt. Col. Rogers.
Lt. Col. Rogers offers students, particularly those with an interest in national security, a valuable piece of advice. "Young national security professionals should seize every opportunity to learn and grow. You never know when attending a panel discussion or talking to a student or professor outside of a class will lead your career path in a new direction. Take advantage of all networking opportunities and force yourself outside your comfort zone."