LTC Mark P. Olin
LTC Mark Patrick Olin graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and received a Regular Army commission as an Infantry officer in 1994. He attended the Airborne and Air Assault courses and attended Ranger School after graduating from the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, Georgia.
LTC Olin served as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Anti-Armor Platoon Leader in 1-187th Infantry “Rakkasans”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He volunteered for duty in Korea prior to attending the Infantry Officer Advanced Course and was subsequently assigned to 2-9th Infantry “Manchus”, 2d Infantry Division at Camp Casey, Korea. Upon returning from overseas duty, he attended the Maneuver Captain Career Course and then moved to Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he served as the Combat Arms Officer Strength Manager in G1, XVIIIth Airborne Corps. He then received reassignment to the 1st Brigade, 82d Airborne Division where he served as a staff officer and Rifle Company Commander in B Company, 3-504th Parachute Infantry Regiment “Devils in Baggy Pants”.
After company command, LTC Olin received orders for duty at Camp Shelby, Mississippi where he served as the Infantry Training Team Leader and Battalion S-3 of 1-305th Armor Task Force, responsible for training Army National Guard forces in Mississippi and Alabama. He then deployed to Kuwait where he served as the S-3 of Area Support Group – Kuwait, operating all Kuwait camps and force protection in support of deployment and redeployment operations to and from Iraq. LTC Olin redeployed from Kuwait and attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
After CGSC, LTC Olin moved to Fort Polk, Louisiana and served as the Brigade Chief of Operations in 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division. He assumed duties as the Battalion Executive Officer of 2-4th Infantry “Warriors” and deployed to Baghdad, Iraq. Upon arrival in Baghdad, LTC Olin volunteered to form, train, and deploy the battalion Military Transition Team, and operated as a combat advisor to an Iraqi Army Battalion for six months until relieved by an Iraq Assistance Group team. Upon returning to the battalion, he assumed duties as the Battalion S-3 for the duration of the tour. After redeployment, he volunteered for duty with the newly-forming 162d Infantry Brigade responsible for training all Security Force Assistance Transition Teams and served as the Brigade S-3. Upon departing Fort Polk, he moved to Heidelberg, Germany where he served as the Chief of the Operations Center for HQ, United States Army Europe.
LTC Olin holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Environmental Science from West Point and a Masters of Science Degree in Workforce Training and Development from the University of Southern Mississippi. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star for service, Meritorious Service Medal with four OLC, Army Commendation Medal with three OLC, Army Achievement Medal with three OLC, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Expert Infantry Badge, and the Combat Infantry Badge.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Michael L. Schwab
Command Sergeant Major Michael L. Schwab assumed the position of Command Sergeant Major for the U. S. Army Recruiting Battalion – Montgomery on July 26, 2013.
He was born in Coon Rapids, Minnesota and joined the Army Reserve in May 1990 as a Ground Surveillance Radar Operator 96R. He attended Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. He enlisted into the Regular Army in September 1992 and reclassified to a Motor Transport Operator 88M.
His previous assignments include Motor Transport Operator, 546th Trans, Ft. Bragg, NC, Chauffeur for 46th Support Group Commander at Ft. Bragg, NC, Chauffeur for Assistant Commandant Quarter Master Center & School at Ft. Lee, VA, Recruiter - Rochester, MN, On-production Station Commander-Winona, MN, Limited Production Station Commander – Crystal, MN, Recruiter Trainer & Operations NCO – Brainerd Recruiting Company for the Minneapolis Recruiting Battalion, First Sergeant – Mt. Clemens Recruiting Company for the Great Lakes Battalion, Senior Master Trainer HQ USAREC, G-3 Sergeant Major HQ, USAREC and S3-Sergeant Major for the New York City Recruiting Battalion.
His military and civilian education includes the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 62), Department of the Army First Sergeants Course, USAREC First Sergeants Course, USAREC Senior Master Trainer Course, USAREC Master Trainer Course, Guidance Counselors Course, Station Commanders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Warrior Leaders Course, Army Recruiters Course, U. S. Army Airborne School, holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Marketing from Columbia Southern University, and is currently working toward his MBA in Human Resources through Excelsior College.
His deployments include Operation Continue Hope – Somalia in 1993, Operation Uphold Democracy – Haiti in 1994, and Hurricane Marilyn Humanitarian Relief – St Thomas, Virgin Islands in 1995.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (5), Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal (8), Army Superior Unit Award (2), Army Good Conduct Medal (7), National Defense Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2), Humanitarian Service Medal (2), Army Service Ribbon (1), Global War on Terrorism Medal (1), United Nations Somalia Medal (1), Gold Recruiter Badge (1), Basic Parachute Badge, Drivers Badge (1), Recruiter Ring, Glen E. Morrell Recruiting Excellence Medallion, and Recruiter of Excellence Medallion.