Christopher Olivares - For 20 years, Chris served the Marines. Post 99 proudly hosted his retirement ceremony in August. Read more about his service and dedication to the Marine Corps and how he was honored by his fellow comrades, friends, family and the Military Brass.
In 1995, GySgt Christopher Olivares graduated from Noth Hollywood High School in California. He immediately reported to the Marine Corps Recruiting District Training. Upon graduation, he reported to the School of Infantry in Camp Pendleton, California, where he graduated as an infantry Marine and was meritoriously promoted to Lance Corporal. In 1996, GySgt Olivares reported to Quantico, Virginia to TBS Enlisted Instructor Company where he served as an instructor for officers and was promoted to meritorious Corporal. In September of 1997, GySgt Olivares received orders to 1st Battalion 7th Marine, known at "Suicide Charley."
Ceremony at Post 99 to Honor
GySgt Olivares' Service
In 1998, GySgt Olivares was promoted to Sergeant. He filled billets ranging from Squad Leader to Platoon Commander and deployed twice while serving with 1st battalion 7th marines. In 2000, GySgt Olivares was reassigned to the Jungle Warfare Training Center in Okinawa, Japn, where he served as a Survial Instructor and S.E.R.E. (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape).
From December 2000 GySgt Olivares served in several roles and locations for recruiting. From San Diego, Los Angeles, Van Nuys, Glendale, Santa Clarita and Granada Hills, California. Olivares was was promoted to Staff Sergeant and eventually to his present rank in 2009.
In 2011, GySgt Olivares was reassigned to San Francisco where he eventally became the Operations Chief at San Francisco's Recruiting Station. In 2015, Olivares was re-assigned to his final billet as the Recruiting Station's Recruiter Instructor.
In August of 2015, GySgt Olivares was honored in a full ceremony conducted at the American Legion Post 99, where he is a member. He was joined by family and friends and received a tribute from his former CO, Christopher Hastings who is currently a Bird Colonel serving as the CO of the 12th Marine Corps Recruiting District.
Olivares is married to the former Michelle Legorreta, and they have 2 children, Stephanie and Christopher.
His personal awards include:
Meritorious Service Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2nd award)
Navy Achievement Medal (2nd award)
Marine Corps Good Conduc Medal (6th award)