A native of Independence, MO, Sergeant Major Wolken enlisted in the Marine Corps in July 1994 and attended recruit training at MCRD San Diego. Upon graduation, Sergeant Major Wolken attended the School of Infantry West and attained the MOS 0311 Rifleman.
Upon completion of the school, Sergeant Major Wolken was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, where he deployed twice to Okinawa and held billets at the fire team level and was a Squad Leader during his second deployment.
In February of 1998, Sergeant Major Wolken reported to the School of Infantry West to serve as a Combat Instructor in Fox Company, Marine Combat Training Battalion.
Sergeant Major Wolken was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marines in June 2000, where he served as a Squad Leader with Charlie Company. He deployed with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (SOC) and participated in operations in Kosovo. In March of 2003, he deployed with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (SOC) and participated in operation IRAQI FREEDOM and JTF LIBERIA. In June of 2004, he redeployed to operation IRAQI FREEDOM and participated in operation PHANTOM FURY. While deployed, he received a combat meritorious promotion to Gunnery Sergeant.
In March of 2005, Sergeant Major Wolken was assigned to Charlie Company, Infantry Training Battalion and assumed the duty as Company Gunnery Sergeant. In February of 2006, he assumed the billet of Chief Instructor for the Marine Combat Instructor Course.
In October of 2008, Sergeant Major Wolken was assigned to Inspector - Instructor duty in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to serve as the First Sergeant for Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marines, where he deployed with the unit to Mozambique for annual training.
Sergeant Major Wolken reported to 1st Battalion, 1st Marines in February 2012 and was assigned as Company First Sergeant of Weapons Company, deploying to Afghanistan in June 2012 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM 12.1 and 12.2 in the Southern Helmand Province.
In January of 2014, Sergeant Major Wolken was promoted to his current rank and was assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3D Marine Aircraft Wing, where he served as the Squadron Sergeant Major.
In December 2015, Sergeant Major Wolken reported to Marine Corps Recruiting Station Milwaukee for duties as the Recruiting Station Sergeant Major.
In January of 2018, Sergeant Major Wolken reported to Garden City, New York for duties as the First Marine Corps District Sergeant Major.
In May of 2021, Sergeant Major Wolken was assigned to his current billet as Force Headquarters Group Sergeant Major in New Orleans, Louisiana
Sergeant Major Wolken's personal awards include the Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star in lieu of third award, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat "V" with gold star in lieu of fifth award, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, Army Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.