Lieutenant Colonel O’Quin is a native of Manila, Philippines and spent much of his life in Indianapolis, Indiana. He studied Design Engineering and graduated from Purdue University in 2000. He was commissioned in March 2002. Lieutenant Colonel O’Quin graduated AOBC and Scout Leader’s Course in early 2003, and subsequently reported to 2d Tank Battalion as a Platoon Commander.
Lieutenant Colonel O’Quin volunteered for orders to support I MEF during Operation Iraqi Freedom II as an Individual Augment in February 2004. He was assigned to 2d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment as the Projects Manager and Assistant Officer in Charge of the Civil Affairs detachment at Al Asad.
Lieutenant Colonel O’Quin returned to 2d Tank Battalion and was assigned as Executive Officer, Company B, with whom he deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in 2005.
Lieutenant Colonel O’Quin reported to Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, Virginia in 2006, to serve as the Aide de Camp, Deputy Commanding General. He served in this capacity until he left active duty in 2008.
He joined Company E, 4th Tank Battalion as Executive Officer in 2009 and assumed command of Echo Company in 2011. Echo Company attached to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division in 2012 and deployed as a route clearance company in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 12.1.
He later served as the Assistant Operations Officer for 4th Tank Battalion before attending Command and Staff. He most recently served in the G-7, 4th Marine Division as a Commanding General’s Inspection Officer. While in the G-7, he volunteered for a security cooperation deployment to Jordan, where he served as Deputy Officer in Charge.
Lieutenant Colonel O’Quin’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars.