Major Kevin Roland took his oath March 1 as the incoming commander of recruiting and retention battalion.

Roland began his military career Dec. 17, 1986. He enlisted in the Scout Observe with “F” Btry, 2nd BN, 14th Marines, United States Marine Corps Reserve.

He joined the Oklahoman National Guard in 1998, serving as Rifle Team Leader of C Company 1st BN, 180th INF. In 1999, Major Roland received a direct commission as an Infantry Officer.

Roland has held several position from the Platoon Leaders at company level up to the BDE S!.

Roland is a graduate of Armor Officer Basic Course, Infantry Officer Captains Career Course, Cultural Studies, Defense Language school, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Recruiting and Retention Commanders Course, Officer Strength Manager Course, Command and Central Staff College and the Advanced Operations Course. He received a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources from Southern Nazarene University and a Masters of Arts in Organization Leadership from The University of Oklahoma.

Roland's deployments include Kuwait and Iraq (1990-91) for Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Desert Saber, Egypt in 2003 for Multi-National Force and Observers Missions, New Orleans in 2005 for Hurricane Katrina and Rita and Afghanistan in 2006-07 for Operation Enduring Freedom.

Roland's awards include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal (4th award) , the Army Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal for Valor, the Combat Infantryman's Badge and numerous others federal and state awards.

He and his wife, Tanya, reside in Shawnee and have two sons, Matthew and Caleb, both residing in Norman.