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Lieutenant Colonel Rogelio Salvador Oregon

LtCol Oregon was born in Los Angeles, CA. He enlisted in the Selected Marine Corps Reserve and completed bootcamp in August 1994 at MCRD San Diego. In January 1998 he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant after earning a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of California, Irvine. In August 1998 he reported to The Basic School (TBS) in Quantico, VA. Following completion of TBS, LtCol Oregon was designated an Artillery Officer and assigned to 3d Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division at Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Center, Twentynine Palms, CA in May 1999, prior to attending Field Artillery Basic Officers Course in Fort Sill, OK.

After graduating with distinction from Fort Sill, he returned to 3/11 and first assumed duties as Forward Observer for Company K, 3d Battalion 7th Marines, later he assumed the duties as Headquarters Platoon Commander, Fire Direction Officer, Guns Platoon Commander, and Executive Officer for Battery I, 3d Battalion 11th Marines. During this period, Battery I deployed in support of the Unit Deployment Program to 3d Battalion 12th Marines, 3d Marine Division on Okinawa, Japan. After returning from UDP, he was assigned to Headquarters Battery as Assistant Logistics Officer. In May 2002, LtCol Oregon was assigned to 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Camp Pendleton, for duty as the Targeting Information Officer/Fire Support Officer.

From 2002 to 2005 while assigned to the 15th MEU he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I and II, and Operation Unified Assistance (Tsunami Relief in Sri Lanka). In 2005, he was selected to attend Expeditionary Warfare School and after graduation LtCol Oregon was assigned to 2d Battalion 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division in Camp Pendleton, where assumed command of Battery E.

As battery commander he transitioned the battery from M198 howitzers to the M777, then back to M198 in order to support deployment to Okinawa, Japan. This deployment as part of Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2/1 and 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit began in January 2007. Battery E supported the final transition back to the M777 howitzers. As a part of BLT 2/1, Battery E deployed to the Republic of Korea, Mt Fuji - Combined Arms Training Center, Australia, and Yatsubetsu Training Complex - Hokkaido, Japan before redeploying in January 2008. LtCol Oregon relinquished command Battery E in June 2008 and was reassigned to 11th Marines HQ as the Logistics Officer until June 2009 when he was selected to attend Naval Postgraduate School.

LtCol Oregon completed all degree requirements and his thesis “SMART Fires: A COTS Approach to Tactical Fire Support” and graduated with a Master of Science in Information Technology Management in September 2011. After graduation he was assigned to Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity in Camp Pendleton, CA until 2014 where he served as Director Operating Forces Support Group, responsible for Deployed Support Branch, and management of the Operating Forces Tactical Systems Support Center where his team of Marines, Government Civilians and Defense Contractors provided 24/7 lifecycle technical support for over 50 C4I systems. LtCol Oregon was then ordered to Expeditionary Strike Group 7 in Okinawa, Japan in August 2014 for duties as the Naval Surface Fires Officer.

In July 2015 LtCol Oregon was reassigned to the Fires and Effects Coordination Center, III Marine Expeditionary Force, where he served as Targeting Officer until June 2017. In June LtCol Oregon he was assigned to Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) in Lisbon, Portugal as the Joint Targeting Section Head / Force Fires Officer. At STRIKFORNATO LtCol Oregon additionally served as the lead planner for the first ever command certification as a NATO Expanded Task Force; where high end US combat assets (Carrier Strike Groups, Expeditionary Strike Groups, and MEF) are transitioned into NATO operations. In June of 2020 LtCol was assigned to his current position as Executive Officer at the Marine Detachment Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

LtCol Oregon’s personal awards include the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (two gold stars), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (gold star), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon. LtCol Oregon is married to his wife, Martha and they have three children Anthony, Rogelio, and Adelina.