Lieutenant Colonel Wagner is a native of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in History and Biology. He received his commission via the Platoon Leaders Course in early January, 1998. LtCol Wagner reported to The Basic School, graduating in December 1998.
He reported in to the Infantry Officers Course, graduating in March of 1999, before proceeding to the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course at Fort Huachuca, AZ where he earned the Ground Intelligence Officer MOS. In fall of 1999, LtCol Wagner was assigned to the 1st Marine Regiment where he worked as an Intelligence analyst for a short period of time prior to assuming the duties of a Rifle Platoon Commander with Company B, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines. He served in this capacity through much of 2000 before assuming the role of Company Executive Officer.
LtCol Wagner left active duty in late 2001 returning home to Wisconsin but maintained his affiliation with the Marine Corps by joining the Select Marine Corps Reserves; specifically Company F, 2d Battalion, 24th Marines (2/24) serving as a Rifle Platoon Commander. In early 2003, LtCol Wagner was transferred to Company G, 2/24 and subsequently deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon returning, LtCol Wagner assumed command of Company G, 2/24. He would lead the Company back to Iraq in January, 2008.
Following a second successful combat tour, LtCol Wagner transferred to Weapons Company, 2/24 where he and the Company would support Exercise AFRICAN LION 2010 in Morocco. Shortly after returning, LtCol Wagner assumed the role of the Battalion’s Intelligence Officer where he served for approximately six months, successfully supporting the Battalion’s execution of Exercise JAVELIN THRUST 2011. Following JAVELIN THRUST, LtCol Wagner assumed the role of Battalion Operations Officer where, in 2013 he successfully planned, coordinated and facilitated the Battalion’s execution of Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) 4-13. Subsequent to his tour as the Battalion’s Operations Officer, LtCol Wagner became the Executive Officer of 2/24 and worked in this capacity up until February of 2015.
In March of that year, LtCol Wagner transferred to the G-7 Section of 4th Marine Division, where he worked as a Senior Inspecting Officer assigned to conduct inspections associated with the Division Commanding General’s Command Inspection Program prior to being selected to assume command of 1st Battalion, 24th Marines.
Lieutenant Colonel Wagner’s personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat V, and the Combat Action Ribbon.