Captain Odenthal became the commodore of Naval Construction Group TWO in Gulfport, Miss., on July 30, 2015. He was the previous the 29th commanding officer of Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport.
Captain Odenthal is a native of Oregon. He holds a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University, a Masters of Art in Military Operations from Air University and completed the Advanced Executive Program at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He was commissioned an Ensign in the Civil Engineer Corps through the Navy ROTC program in 1989.
Early assignments include Assistant Resident Officer in Charge of Construction, Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, Calif.; Staff Civil Engineer, Combat Systems Technical Schools Command, Mare Island, Calif.; ALFA Company Commander and Training Department Head, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion FIVE, homeported in Port Hueneme, Calif.; Operations Officer, THIRTY-FIRST Naval Construction Regiment, Port Hueneme, Calif.; and Public Works Officer, Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Fla.
In 2002, he reported to the NATO Headquarters South Atlantic, Lisbon, Portugal, as the Infrastructure Branch Head. In 2004, this command transformed into Joint Headquarters LISBON and he became the first Chief Engineer. Returning from Europe in 2005, he transferred to Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic in Norfolk, Va., for duty as the Director of Contingency Engineering. His activities during this tour included deploying in support of Hurricane Katrina relief. In 2007, he took command of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion ONE THIRTY-THREE, homeported in Gulfport, Miss., completing deployments to CENTCOM and PACOM. In 2009, he was assigned as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics at the FIRST Naval Construction Division in Virginia Beach, Va. and then served as the Executive Officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va. from June 2011 until his transfer to NCBC Gulfport.
He is a Seabee Combat Warfare Officer, a registered Professional Engineer in California, a Certified Energy Manager, and a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps. His military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, five Navy Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals, and the Navy Achievement Medal.