Douglas Ndole Odera was born on September 29th 1983 in Nairobi, Kenya to Timothy Joab Odera (deceased 1999) a geophysicist and Risper Awuor Odera (deceased 2015) a homemaker turned nutritionist. He immigrated to the United States in 1996 and enrolled in middle school. He was soon accepted to Lamar High School where he enlisted as a member of the JROTC. While at Lamar, he received multiple academic and athletic honors and accolades. Upon graduation from high school he enrolled into the prestigious United States Military Academy at West Point. At West Point he majored in Physics and Nuclear Engineering and soon after graduation was commissioned as an infantry Officer in the United States Army.
Following his completion of the Officer Infantry Basic Course, he was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division, 3BCT 1st Bn, 26th Infantry Regiment where he served as platoon leader and executive officer. He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from June 2008 to June 2009. He was selected to attend the Special Forces Qualification Course April 2010, graduating June 2012 as a Special Forces Officer. Upon Completion of his training Major Douglas Ndole Odera served as the Executive Officer of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and Detachment Commander of Special Forces Operational Detachment - Alpha 5135. While in Charlie Company MAJ Odera deployed to Saudi Arabia in 2013, Lebanon 2014 and Jordan 2015 in support of Theater Security Cooperation programs and contingency operations. Following his Detachment Command, he assumed Command of Battalion Support Company 1st Bn, 5th Special Forces Group where he deployed to Turkey in support of operation Inherent Resolve in 2016. In 2016 he attended Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California earning a Masters in Defense Analysis. Following his graduation he returned as the Battalion Executive Officer and then the 5th Special Forces Director of Training.
Major Odera has been a recipient of multiple major awards and distinctions including the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (1 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Valorious Unit Action Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and the NATO Medal. His decorations include Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Military Free-Fall Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and the Special Operations Combat Divers Badge.
Later in life he accepted the Catholic faith and many of its teachings. He leaves behind grieving sisters Belinda and Stella Odera and brother Sampeter Odera, numerous friends and family. Douglas was a unique and special soldier who despite a successful and demanding military career, maintained countless number of friendships and relationships spanning multiple continents. He was an accomplished soldier who was kind, selfless and committed to service towards others. He treated everyone like he would like to be treated. He was a man of integrity, a proud member of the Green Beret who was "humble and gentle in success who did not substitute words for action, did not seek a path of comfort but stood up to any storm with compassion for all those that fall.
Visitation with the family will take place on Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 3:00 until 6:00 PM at Bradshaw-Carter Memorial & Funeral Services. The funeral ceremony will take place at 10:00 AM on Friday, January 31, 2020 in West Point Cemetery in West Point, NY.
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