LTC Brandon Oliveira
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, and 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 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.
CSM Aaron Diediker
CSM Aaron R. Diediker enlisted in the Army in September 2000 out of Nebraska as a M1A1 Armor Crewmember.
Diediker attended One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Knox, Kentucky and served as an M1A1 driver, loader, and gunner, Drill Sergeant, and Tank Commander prior to his assignment to USAREC. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003-2004 and 2008-2009.
Diediker volunteered for recruiting and was assigned to Minneapolis Recruiting BN as a recruiter in Sioux Falls, SD. After reclassifying, he served as a Station Commander in Rapid City, SD. Diediker was then assigned to the Portland Recruiting BN as a First Sergeant for the Mt. Hood Recruiting Company. After his assignment in Portland Recruiting BN, he was assigned to Salt Lake City BN as the BN Operations SGM. He attended the Sergeants Major Academy and was then assigned to the Denver Recruiting BN as the BN Operations SGM.
Diediker’s military education includes the Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Army Retention Course, Combat Lifesavers Course, Drill Sergeant Course, Combatives Level I and II, Area NBC Offensive and Defensive Course, Senior Leaders Course (CL), Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officer Course, Unit Prevention Leaders Course, Army Recruiter Course, Station Commander Course, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Recruiting Company Commander and First Sergeant Course, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 70 (CL). His civilian education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from American Military University and a Master’s Degree in Leadership Studies from University of Texas at El Paso.
Diediker’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (4th Award), Army Commendation Medal w/ Valor, Army Commendation Medal (7th Award), Army Achievement Medal (5th Award), Army Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (2 Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (#5), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (#4), Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Superior Unit Award, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Combat Action Badge, and the Army Recruiter Badge. Diediker is a recipient of the Order of St. George, a member of the Sergeant Morales Club, the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, and a recipient of the Recruiting Excellence Medallion.
Diediker resides in Phoenix, AZ and is married to his wife Heidi and they have three children: Courtlyn (10), Emmelyn (7), and Briggs (4).