LTC John A. Oliver Jr.
LTC John Oliver took command of the Southern California Recruiting Battalion on 21 June 2012. He is from Fontana, California, and enlisted in the US Army in 1988 and served as a M1 tank crewman in the 5th Infantry Division, Ft Polk, La. He attended the US Military Academy Preparatory School at Ft Monmouth, NJ and entered West Point in 1990. In 1994, he graduated West Point and was commissioned as an Armor Officer.
Following attendance at the Armor Officers Basic Course, 2LT Oliver was assigned as a Platoon Leader, Tank Company Executive Officer, and HHC Executive Officer for 2-63 AR BN, Vilseck, Germany. He deployed with 2-63 AR to Macedonia in 1996 in support of OPERATION ABLE SENTRY. In 1998 CPT Oliver attended the Armor Officer Advanced Course and commanded C Co, 3-81 AR, 1st Armor Training Brigade at Ft Knox, KY. As commander for C/3-81, CPT Oliver led the rifle and pistol training for all IET Soldiers training at Ft Knox. In 2000, CPT Oliver was selected for the TDA to MTOE program and took command of HHT, 2nd Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Ft Polk, La. In 2002 CPT Oliver took command of the Redlands Recruiting Company, Southern California Recruiting Battalion. In 2004 CPT Oliver was assigned as the Udari Range Planner, ARCENT, Kuwait and supported Operation Iraqi Freedom II and III.
After graduation from CGSC in 2006 and the School for Advanced Military Studies in 2007, MAJ Oliver was assigned as the Regimental Planner for the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment and then deployed as the 3rd Squadron S3 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-09. Upon redeployment, he served as the Regimental S3. In 2010, he deployed as the Regimental Executive Officer in support of Operation New Dawn, Iraq. After the Regiment’s return, LTC Oliver was assigned as a Future Operations Planner for III Corps, Ft Hood and has been selected as the next Commander, Southern California Recruiting Battalion.
LTC Oliver holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from the United States Military Academy and a Master’s of Military Arts and Sciences from SAMS. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), the Recruiting Badge, and the Combat Action badge.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Darrin R. Murrell
Command Sergeant Major Darrin Murrell was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He enlisted in the Army in May 1987. He attended basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Sill, OK. His initial Military Occupational Skill training was as a Multiple Launch Rocket System crewmember.
Command Sergeant Major Murrell’s early assignments include two tours in Germany, Fort Carson, Colorado and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Later, he joined the United States Army Recruiting Command in May 1997 as a Detailed Recruiter with the Beckley Recruiting Battalion. He was also assigned as a station commander within the battalion. Upon selection to Master Sergeant, he assumed duties as the First Sergeant of the James River Recruiting Company in the Baltimore Recruiting Battalion. He also served as the First Sergeant of the West Point Recruiting Company, New York City Recruiting Battalion. His subsequent assignments include; instructor for the United States Army Recruiting Command’s Company Commander and DA First Sergeant Course, Fort Jackson, S.C.; Senior Guidance Counselor, El Paso MEPS; and Senior Master Trainer, Salt Lake City Recruiting Battalion.
Command Sergeant Major Murrell is a graduate of all Army NCOES courses including the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. He is also a graduate of the Army’s Basic Recruiter Course, Station Commander Course, Guidance Counselor Course, DA and USAREC First Sergeant Course, and the Airborne Course. He earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. He is currently in the Dissertation Phase of his Doctorates Degree (PHD) of Northcentral University, Phoenix, Arizona.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (3rd award), the Army Commendation Medal (5th award), the Army Achievement Medal (10th award), the Glen E Morrell award and the recruiter ring.