Ariel Lopez Diaz

Ariel Lopez Diaz


Exercise Support Analyst

Doral, FL

Ariel Lopez-Diaz

14764 SW 132nd Ave. Miami, FL 33186

Cell: 305-781-0137  E-mail:


Security Clearance: Active TOP SECRET/SCI




General Studies. Central Texas College

Leadership Education and Development Course Department of the Army

NCO Academy. Special Forces Studies all levels

Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Course

Army Force Management Course

Individual Terrorism Awareness Course

Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Course

Personnel Recovery Course

Special Forces Operations and Intelligence Course

Commanders Safety Course

Ranger School (U.S. Army’s premier Leadership School)

Jump Master School

Army Special Operations Techniques (ASOT) Level II

Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance, Target Analysis, and Exploitation Techniques Course (SFARTAETC)



Leadership Award, Special Forces Qualification Course

Honor Graduate, Pre Ranger Course

Dean’s List Advanced Noncommissioned Officer’s Course



Summary of Work Experience:

Fifteen years training and operational experience within the Special Forces community, that included multiple deployments in Central America, South America, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Caribbean, conducted planning, analysis, cultural research, coordination, teaching, and evaluating partner nations from the tactical to the strategic level. Prepared plans of instruction in Spanish and English and presented to the Partner Nation from the tactical to strategic levels.


Highlights of Qualification/Skills and Strengths:

¨ Leadership   ¨ Training          ¨ Team Work        ¨ Loyalty

¨ Planning       ¨ Supervision    ¨ Cultural Expert   ¨ Integrity

¨ Analysis       ¨ Organization   ¨Dedication and Commitment


Professional Experience
September 2017-Present

Special Operations & Exercise III SOCSO Exercise design

Fuerzas Comando exercise lead planner.
Develop operational products to support GCC and TSOC SOF/CT exercises
Coordinate with exercise participants such as CCMDs and components, support command staff, and other parties to effectively support realistic scenarios to facilitate warfighter’s ability to conduct operations in an asymmetrical environment.
Support complex scenarios, studies and analysis related to terrorism for all geographical areas.
Develop operational products to support national-level CT exercises.
Develop operational products to support national-level CT exercises.
Develop and successfully defend complex exercise scenario assumptions and make informed recommendations.
Performed analytical research to integrate current and projected efforts into a cohesive and comprehensive exercise scenario.


October 2016- September 2017
Command Watch Operations Officer, Special Operations Command South

Command Watch Operations Officer, Special Operations Command – South (SOCSOUTH), located at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida.  SOCSOUTH provides the primary theater contingency response force and plans, prepares for, and conducts special operations in support of U.S. Southern Command and Special Operations Command.  SOCSOUTH controls all Special Operations Forces in the region and also establishes and operates a Joint Special Operations Task Force when required.
Assisted in creating and disseminating Operational reports such as, the Weekly Situation Report (SITREP), Operations Brief (OPSUM), Daily CDR’s SITREP and Force Laydown PowerPoint presentations.
Processed, prepared, and report, the Serious Incident Reports (SIRs), CCIRs (Commander’s Critical Information Reports) Operational Reports (OPREP), Exercise Emergency Actions (EA) Messages, Mission Update Briefs (MUB), weekly storyboards, DMS (AMHS) Messages, American Red Cross Messages, and other identified documents as required.
Ensure updates are accomplished in maintaining the Standard Operating procedures (SOPs), Quick Reaction Cards (QRCs), and other routine Watch resources.
Proficiency with latest MS office suite; creating and manipulating Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, and Outlook email functions. Very familiar with SharePoint, DCO, Wiki, Face Book and other current DoD and commercial social networking and collaboration tools.
October 2014- September 2016

Owner of Radical Interior Design in Miami Fl.

Advised clients on the best course of action in achieving their desired outcome for a project
Estimated the cost and time projects would take; in order to give an accurate estimate for the client, as well as providing a profit for my business
Utilized a team of various specialized professionals (i.e. painters, tile installers, etc.) in remodeling homes for 2 years
Supervised the various projects at the work sites to ensure the upmost quality service was given by the professionals in completing their respective jobs


September 2010- September2014

Noncommissioned Officer in Charge – Andean Ridge Regional Engagement Branch (REB). United States Special Operations Command South, Homestead Air Force Reserve Base, FL.
Synchronized movement of cargo valued at $96K for Colombia movement efforts directly supporting Colombia Military Operations to defeat the FARC.
Managed vehicles, apartments and communications equipment contracts with value in excess of $500K.
Planned and maximized FY12/13/14 budget for Andean Ridge REB resulting in increased engagements despite sequestration impacts.
Training Coordinator, Safety Officer, OPFUND pay agent, Static Line Jumpmaster, Personnel Recovery Management Software Manager.
Intelligence Analyst and subject matter expert (SME) in Honduras and Close Quarter Battle SME in Brazil.
Supervised Counter Threat Finance experts in Colombia and Peru with result of increased ability of both countries to target illicit trafficking activity.
Planned and conducted Counter Threat Finance seminar at which he trained seven Colombian counter-network analysts.
Planned and assisted with development of four major construction projects valued at over $3M.

Jan 2000- August 2010
Performed in numerous positions of increasing responsibility within special operations, of significance I was assigned to the Commander’s Crisis Response Force for 4 years

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