Colonel Daniel R. Kazmier
Commanding Officer, Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot
Colonel Kazmier enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1980, serving as an avionics technician with VMA 211. He served as an enlisted Marine for 12 years, including a successful tour as a Drill Instructor at MCRD San Diego, where he was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant. Graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant.
Col Kazmier served as an Infantry Platoon Commander, Weapons Platoon Commander, 81mm Mortar Platoon Commander, and Company Executive Officer in Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, as well as Assistant Operations Officer, 7th Marine Regiment. As a Captain, he later commanded two different companies at the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton, Ca. In 1997, he was selected to attend the Excess Leave (Law) Education Program [ELP(L)] and matriculated to the University of Maryland School of Law.
After graduation from law school, Col Kazmier attended the Naval Justice School at Newport R.I., and was assigned to OSJA, Quantico, Va., serving in the billets of Trial Counsel and Post-Trial Review Officer; Senior Defense Counsel, National Capital Region and MCCDC; and Head of Civil Law, OSJA Quantico. During this period, he also deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, as Chief of Operational Law, Combined Joint Task Force Seven, (CJTF-7) Operation Iraqi Freedom, from July 2003 to March 2004.
In academic year 2004-2005, Col Kazmier attended the The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School (TJAGLCS) at the University of Virginia, receiving a Master of Laws (LL.M) in military and international law. In May of 2005, he transferred to United States Marine Corps Forces, South in Miami, Fl., serving as Staff Judge Advocate. In 2007, he transferred to Joint Duty as Chief of Operational law and later Deputy SJA, US Southern Command, supporting counter-terror and counter-drug operations in Central and South America. In January, 2010, Col Kazmier deployed to Haiti to serve as the Staff Judge Advocate for Joint Task Force Haiti during post-earthquake disaster relief operations.
In July of 2010, Col Kazmier transferred to the Pentagon to serve as Branch Head, Judge Advocate Support, Judge Advocate Division, HQMC. In December, 2011, he assumed command of 1st Recruit Training Battalion, RTR, MCRD San Diego, California. Upon completion of his command tour, he was assigned as Staff Judge Advocate, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California, and deployed with Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan as Staff Judge Advocate and Senior Legal Advisor, Regional Command Southwest, (NATO) in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. In summer 2015, Col Kazmier assumed the duties of the Staff Judge Advocate for the First Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF).
On July 21st, 2017, Colonel Kazmier assumed the post as the Commanding Officer for Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California.
Col Kazmier is a fluent Spanish speaker and holds an additional MOS as an International Affairs Officer for Latin America. He has been married for 25 years and has three children.