Lieutenant Colonel Brandon Oliveira graduated from the University of Montana in May 2000. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Criminology and an ROTC commission as a United States Army Engineer Officer. After three years as an Engineer Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Oliveira volunteered for Special Forces training and became a Special Forces Officer in September 2005.
Prior to assuming command of the U.S. Army Phoenix Recruiting Battalion, Brandon served globally in various special operations assignments. He executed deployments to Iraq (Operation IRAQI FREEDOM), Afghanistan(Operation ENDURING FREEDOM)and to the Republic of the Philippines. During each deployment, Lieutenant Colonel Oliveira led U.S. Special Forces Soldiers while training, advising, and assisting host nation partners across the spectrum of special operations. Most recently, Brandon has served as the U.S. Special Operations representative to the U.S. Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia as well as the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan.
Lieutenant Colonel Oliveira’s awards and decorations are consistent with a career Special Forces Officer and he has earned two Master’s degrees. The first is a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice, and the second is a Master’s degree in Defense Analysis/Irregular Warfare from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.
Lieutenant Colonel Oliveira is married to Mandy Oliveira and they have two sons, Alex and Mason.