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 Hilda Garcia
CSM Hilda Ida Garcia has over 20 years of military service. She enlisted in the Army from Brooklyn, NY and upon successfully completing Basic Training at Ft. Jackson, SC and Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Lee, VA, she was assigned to HHC, 194th BN, 2ID at Camp Humphreys, Republic of South Korea, as a Warehouse Clerk/Automated Logistics Specialist. She continued to serve as a 92A in her follow-on assignments to the 32nd MEDLOG in Ft. Bragg, NC, the 27th Main Support Group, in Ft. Hood, TX and the 520th Maintenance Company, Camp Humphreys, Republic of South Korea. CSM Garcia was then assigned to the 204th and 306th MI BNs in Ft. Huachuca, AZ, as the Supply NCOIC. She was then assigned to the 111th MI Brigade as a Squad Leader. CSM Garcia volunteered for Recruiting duty and served as a Recruiter in San Juan CO, Miami BN. Upon her successful assignment as a Recruiter, she was assigned to the 2nd Recruiting BDE in Ft. Gillem, GA as a Career Counselor. CSM Garcia returned to Miami BN to serve as a Station Commander in San Juan CO, followed by the Recruit the Recruiter NCO in Ft. Knox, KY. She continued to Nashville Recruiting BN in Louisville, KY where she served as a First Sergeant. After a successful tour as First Sergeant, CSM Garcia returned to Ft. Knox, KY and served as the Senior Master Trainer, in 3rd Recruiting Brigade, she was then assigned to the Recruiting and Retention College, where she held various positions as the Operations NCOIC, to include her second First Sergeant assignment. CSM Garcia was then reassigned to the Northern California Recruiting BN where she served as the BN Operations Sergeant Major.
CSM Garcia holds a Bachelors and MBA degree from the University of Phoenix. Her military education includes the Hazardous Material Waste Handling course, Standard Army Maintenance System (SAMS-1) course, Unit Prevention Leader course, Army Recruiting School, Station Commander Course, First Sergeants Course, Recruiting First Sergeant Course, Recruiter Trainer course, Advance Joint Professional Military Course, Master Resilience Trainer course, and all Professional Military Education to include the Sergeants Major Course.
CSM Garcia's awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (x3 oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (x5 oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (x2 oak leaf clusters), Army Good Conduct Medal (x8 knot devices), and the Army Superior Unit Award. She holds the Army Drivers Badge.
CSM Garcia is the first of seven siblings and has a yorkie-poo named Bebe. Her hobbies include running and cycling.