Small Wars Journal

David Oclander


A native of Chicago, IL, Lieutenant Colonel David Oclander was the Battalion Commander of 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment from May 2008 to June 2010. The Battalion deployed to Afghanistan from September 2009 to September 2010. During this time the Battalion served under Regional Command - South in Zabul, Uruzgan, and Kandahar Provinces. LTC Oclander also served in Baghdad as the Brigade Executive Officer of 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division during the Operation Iraqi Freedom Surge, January 2007 - March 2008. Previously LTC Oclander served as the Plans Officer for the Multi National Corps-Iraq (MNC-I) in 2005 during which time he wrote the first Operational level Campaign Plan for MNC-I. LTC Oclander is a 1990 graduate of the United States Military Academy, a 2003 graduate of the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and a 2004 graduate of the United States Marine Corps School for Advanced Warfighting. He currently works on The Joint Staff. His awards include three Bronze Stars.

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