Colonel Odom was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in July 1991. Following initial training at The Basic School and Infantry Officer Course, he was assigned to the 2d Marine Division for duty with 2d Battalion, 4th Marines (reflagged to 2d Battalion, 6th Marines) in May 1992. During this tour, he commanded both rifle and 81mm mortar platoons, and completed deployments to Okinawa, Japan; contingency operations in Cuba; and to the Mediterranean with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) (SOC).
Assigned to TBS for instructor duty in February 1996, he served as a platoon commander with a Warrant Officer Basic Course as well as a Tactics Instructor at both TBS and IOC. Following this assignment, he transferred to the Amphibious Warfare School, graduating with honors in June 2000.
Returning to Camp Lejeune, he immediately assumed command of Company I, 3d Battalion, 8th Marines and completed a Unit Deployment to Okinawa. Assigned as the Operations Officer in July 2001, the battalion was re-designated as the first Anti-Terrorism Battalion for the 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade and supported contingency operations in Afghanistan for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. When the battalion returned to its primary role as an infantry battalion in the summer of 2002, he assumed duties as the Executive Officer and deployed for an extended UDP from November 2002 until June 2003.
Assigned as a student at Marine Corps University in August 2003, he graduated with honors from both the Command and Staff College (June 2004) and the School of Advanced Warfighting (June 2005). Upon completion of these studies, he was transferred aboard Quantico to the MAGTF Staff Training Program as a Ground Combat Element instructor. During this tour, he was able to assist and facilitate both I and II MEF FWD with Operation IRAQI FREEDOM preparations and served as an individual augment to I MEF FWD’s G-3 FOPS section as a MAGTF planner for OIF 05-07.
Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in February 2007, he returned to Camp Lejeune in August 2007 and served as the 8th Marine Regiment Executive Officer. In February 2008, he assumed command of 3d Battalion, 8th Marines, completing a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Following the battalion change of command in July 2009, he attended the Marine Corps War College, graduating with distinction in 2010. Subsequently, he was assigned to United States Special Operations Command for joint duty as the J35 Plans Chief. Arriving to Okinawa in August 2013, he was promoted to Colonel in September 2013 and served as the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff G-3 - Operations, III Marine Expeditionary Force. On 27 June 2014, Col Odom assumed command of 4th Marine Regiment.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The Citadel and Master’s Degrees in Military, Operational, and Strategic Studies from Marine Corps University. In the fall of 2012, he completed a Timothy T. Day Foundation Marine Corps Executive Fellowship at Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.
Colonel Odom’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit (with Combat Distinguishing Device), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with Gold Star), the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with Gold Star), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with 2 Gold Stars) and the Combat Action Ribbon.