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Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

Lieutenant Colonel Daren J. Erickson

Commanding Officer, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion

Lt. Col. Erickson

Lieutenant Colonel Erickson was born in Rochester, PA and raised in Arizona.  In 1986 he enlisted in the Marine Corps and attended boot camp at 2d RTBN, MCRD, San Diego, CA.  He was subsequently assigned to MCAS, Kaneohe Bay, HI where he pursued his undergraduate degree from Chaminade University, Honolulu, HI.  After completing his enlistment, he was accepted into the Platoon Leaders Course.  In December 1992 he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant.

Following Basic School, Lieutenant Colonel Erickson was a member of the 1994 USMC Rifle Team.  In August of 1994, he attended Navy Supply Corps School, Athens, GA to become an Aviation Supply Officer.

In January 1995, Lieutenant Colonel Erickson was assigned to MALS- 12, MAG-12, MCAS Iwakuni Japan.  While at MALS-12, he deployed to Korat, Thailand in support of Operation Cope Tiger, and RAAF Base Tindal, Australia in support of Operation Southern Frontier.  In March 1998, he was selected to the Law Education Program and subsequently attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law in September 1998 and graduated May 2001.

After law school, he attended Naval Justice School and was subsequently assigned to MCAGCC, Twentynine Palms, CA.  While there, he served as the Installation Law Officer, Senior Defense Counsel, Military Justice Officer, and Deputy Staff Judge Advocate.  In July 2006, he was assigned as Trial Counsel for Legal Services Support Team C, in support of Commander, Marine Forces Central Command for cases arising out of Operation Iraq Freedom.  While assigned at LSST C, he deployed in 2007 and 2008 to Haditha and Al Asaad, Iraq.  In March 2008 he was assigned to be the Officer-in-Charge of Legal Services Support Team E.

In July 2009, Lieutenant Colonel Erickson reported to I Marine Expeditionary Force as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate.  While there, he served as the I MEF Staff Judge Advocate, and in 2010 deployed to Afghanistan where he served as the I MEF(FWD) SJA and the Regional Command Southwest, Legal Advisor.  After returning from Afghanistan, he assumed duty as the Officer-in-Charge Legal Services Support Section, Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group, Camp Pendleton, CA. Lieutenant Colonel Erickson reported to 2d Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Deigo for duty as Battalion Commanding Officer, 1 June 2012.

Lieutenant Colonel Erickson’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (3rd award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal.

Lieutenant Colonel Erickson is married to the former Marion (Jolene) Brassfield of Cottonwood, AZ. They live in Yucca Valley, CA and have three children: Devon 23, Anthony 21, and Rebecca 17.