Commandant Brian Brooks
My name is Brian Brooks. I graduated from Parris Island, MCT, and Field Artillery School in Fort Sill Oklahoma. I then was assigned to Bravo Battery 1/10, however shortly afterwards I volunteered to deploy with Lima 3/10 to Ramadi Iraq as provisional infantry in 2004 / 2005. After that deployment there were no units to go back to in 1/10 at the time so I spent a very boring 4 months in s4 while waiting for a unit to go back to. Fortunately, Alpha 1/10 came back from deployment and I was able to join them for a workup to return to Iraq. I later deployed with them to Al Taqaddum Iraq as convoy security 2006 / 2007 as a Humvee Turret Gunner. After I returned from Iraq we received new Marines, and I took part in training them for a tour to Afghanistan. It turned out I was due to end my enlistement before they deployed, so I extended my enlistment in order to go with them. We deployed to Helmand Province Afghanistan as artillery attached to BLT 1/6 & the 24th MEU in 2008. I was Honorably Discharged as a Corporal and a short time later promoted to Sergeant in the IRR.
I joined the Oak Ridge Detachment in 2008 shortly after I exited the Marine Corps, and have served as Junior Vice Commandant, Senior Vice Commandant, Commandant and Supreme President of the bar (self given title).
I began attending the Department of Massachusetts meetings in 2017 after the State Convention at the suggestion of Division Vice Commandant Dave Porter and PNC Jim Laskey. In regards to the Department of Massachusetts I have served as the Sergeant at Arms, Judge Advocate, and then a speedy transition to Junior Vice and Senior Vice due to circumstances. I currently am the Department Commandant. I am 100% about furthering the best interests of the Marine Corps League and ensuring it's goals are met into the future, and that is what I aim to do so long as I am a League Officer.
I enjoy the camaraderie of being around fellow Marines and Veterans in general. I consider myself "A Detachment Marine" first and foremost.
After serving one's country, the Marine Corps League gives us an opportunity to continue serving, and this is done by bettering our local communities through numerous worthy causes. You will always see our members out and about working hard locally, but you will also notice that the Oak Ridge Detachment very much enjoys first class, top notch, grade A tomfoolery and shenanigans. We're a family and we look out for each other. Additionally no one has more fun than we do and I invite you to come see what we are all about whether you are a Marine or Veteran from another branch that enjoys Veteran camaraderie as much as we do.