Colonel Oppenheim was born in 1968, enlisted in the United States Navy Reserve in 1987, and graduated with Honor from Naval Hospital Corps School at Great Lakes, IL in 1988. He graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, with a BA in Slavic Languages & Literature, and was commissioned via the Platoon Leader's Course in 1991.
After graduation from The Basic School in Quantico, VA, and then the Logistics Officers Basic Course in Little Creek, VA, he was assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 372 aboard Camp Pendleton, CA, where he served as the Squadron Assistant Logistics Officer and Plans Officer. During this assignment, he deployed to Somalia in support of OPERATION RESTORE HOPE.
He was next assigned to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Assault Amphibian School Battalion, where he served as the Headquarters & Support Company Commander, Battalion Logistics Officer and Area Camp Logistics Officer.
Following this assignment, he was selected for the China Foreign Area Officer program, and attended the Naval Postgraduate School and Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA, where he earned an MA in National Security Affairs with a concentration in China Area Studies, and a basic linguist certificate in Chinese Mandarin. Following graduation, he was assigned to US Embassy Beijing to complete his final year In-Country Training in China, where he also attended the Capitol Normal University, in Beijing, China.
He was next assigned to 3d Marine Division in Okinawa, Japan, where he served as the G-4 Operations Officer, and then was assigned to 4th Marine Regiment where he served for 2 years as the Regimental Logistics Officer until 2004. Following this tour, he was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps, Plans, Policies & Operations, and worked as a Watch Officer in the Marine Corps Operations Center for one year, followed by re-assignment to the International Issues Branch as the International Affairs Officer Programs Coordinator until 2007.
He was selected for command of 3d Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3d Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, and following his command tour (2007-2009), attended Top Level School at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (since re-named the Eisenhower School of National Security and Resource Strategy) where he graduated with Distinction and an MS in National Resource Strategy in 2011.
He was next assigned to US Forces Korea in the J-4 (Logistics Directorate), where he served as Director for Plans, Exercises & Operations, and within Combined Forces Command C-4, as the Deputy Officer-In-Charge for the Combined Logistics Coordination Center. During this tour, he also served as the USFK Liaison Officer to III MEF during OPERATION TOMADACHI. Following this tour, he was assigned to II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) for duties as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics, where he deployed for 1 year to OPERATION ENDURNG FREEDOM as the Regional Command (Southwest) Assistant Chief of Staff for Combined Logistics, as part of the OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM Marine Air Ground Task Force for iterations 13.1 and 13.2. Following this tour, he was assigned to 3d Marine Logistics Group where he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics.
Colonel Oppenheim is a certified instructor in the Marine Corps College Distance Education Program for Command & Staff, and holds a 7th degree black belt in Kung Fu San Soo.