Rodney M.K. Chandler was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Central High School in Philadelphia and the University of Virginia. In his junior year of high school he joined the Pennsylvania Army National Guard as a combat medic. After college he graduated from the Army Officer Candidate School in Ft. Benning, GA. He served for a few years as an Attack Helicopter Platoon Leader flying the UH-1M helicopter gunships. In 1990 he transferred to the New Jersey Air National Guard Flying KC-135’s where he was awarded honor graduate in KC-135 school. In 1993 1st Lieutenant Chandler was awarded the Francis R. Gerard trophy for the New Jersey National Guard outstanding aircrew member. He continued to fly with the 108th Air Refueling Squadron where he served as a flight commander.
Rodney was hired by United Airlines in 1998 as a Boeing 727 flight engineer. Currently in his 25th year with United, he has flown the Airbus A-319, A-320, Boeing B-777, B767, B757, and is currently a Boeing 737 captain.
Lieutenant Colonel Chandler’s 34 year military career concluded in 2015 when he retired from his final assignment as the detachment commander for the 150th Special Operations Squadron flying the C-32.
Rodney currently serves as the vice president for the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.