Robert Vasquez has had a stunning career in under 50 years. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Army, and he is currently a fulltime student studying for an Associate in Science Degree from the Culinary Arts program at Kapi‘olani Community College (Kapi‘olani CC).
Graduating first with an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, Rob continued his studies at the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific earning his JD (Doctor of Law) degree. When the Army beckoned for his service, he pursued his studies, earning a Master of Laws, specializing in criminal law at The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, U.S.Army.
For over twenty-three years in the U.S. Army, Rob served in many legal, operational, policy, and leadership assignments in the United States as well as in the European, Indo-Pacific, and Middle East regions. He spent the better part of the last ten years focused on legal, operational and policy work to protect and enforce human rights in countries such as Iraq, Syria, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Colombia. He experienced fourteen geographic moves over the twenty-three years, including two deployments to Iraq.
Rob now wants to help people with his hands and his heart: he wants to run a food truck, or operate a catering firm to satisfy the palates of food lovers. He appreciates the commitment and dedication of the chefs at Kapi‘olani CC, like Chef Alan Tsuchiyama who genuinely wants all his students to succeed, and like Chef Dan Swift who teaches Rob to be creative and to think outside the box.
Rob is an inspiration. Although he has given much to his country, he continues to give himself to others, by serving them with food that satisfies, and nourishment for promising futures.