Brigadier General David L. Odom is the Deputy Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Commanding General of Task Force Southwest during Operation RESOLUTE SUPPORT in Helmand Province, Afghanistan from June 2019 to February 2020.
A native of Hartsville, South Carolina, Brigadier General Odom graduated from The Citadel and was commissioned in 1991. He has served as an infantry officer at all levels, including command of India Company, 3d Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment; 3d Battalion 8th Marine Regiment during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM; and 4th Marine Regiment in Okinawa, Japan.
Brigadier General Odom has served on staff at The Basic School; the Infantry Officer Course; the MAGTF Staff Training Program; and at III Marine Expeditionary Force.
He completed a joint assignment with United States Special Operations Command in the Future Operations Directorate (J-35) in Tampa, Florida from August 2010 to August 2013.
As a General Officer, he has previously served as the Assistant Division Commander, 2d Marine Division.
Brigadier General Odom is a distinguished graduate of The Basic School; Amphibious Warfare School; the Marine Corps Command and Staff College; the School of Advanced Warfighting; and the Marine Corps War College. He holds masters’ degrees in military, operational, and strategic studies. He completed the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in October 2012.