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Marine Wing Liaison Kadena

In The Lead With Support

Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan

Commanding Officer
Capt Wheeler

Captain Wheeler is currently assigned as the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing Anti-Terrorism / Force Protection Officer and Officer in Charge of Marine Wing Liaison Kadena.

Jeremy A. Wheeler attended Marine Corps Recruit Basic Training in February 1998 and subsequently completed Aircrew Candidate School in Pensacola, FL, SERE School in Coronado, CA, UH-1N/AH-1W Powertrains Maintenance Course, as well as Aircrew Managed Training Courses in Camp Pendleton, CA.

In November of 1999, Lance Corporal Wheeler reported to the Flightline Shop of HMLA-369 and served as a UH-1N (Huey) and AH-1W (Cobra) powertrains and rotors mechanic and dual qualified plane captain as well as a UH-1N (Huey) crewchief and door gunner.  Lance Corporal Wheeler was Marine of the Quarter for First Quarter FY 00.

In January 2000, Lance Corporal Wheeler deployed with HMLA-369 as a part of the Unit Deployment Program to Okinawa Japan where he participated in training exercises on the islands of Okinawa and the Philippines.  He additionally earned the rank of Corporal Meritoriously during this deployment.
In September 2000, Corporal Wheeler won MAG-39’s NCO of the Quarter for First Quarter FY01.  He continued to serve as a Flightline Mechanic, Crewchief, Quality Assurance Inspector and Operational Tester for both the UH-1N and AH-1W and additionally served as the Flightline Training NCO.  In February 2001, he was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Sergeant and subsequently selected by the 3rd MAW CG, Major General Bolden, to represent 3rd MAW during the Commandant’s 2001 NCO Symposium in Quantico, VA.

In July 2001, Sergeant Wheeler attached to the 13th MEU with HMM-165 where he continued his duties with the Huey and Cobra aircraft.  He deployed six weeks early with the 13th MEU in response to the Terrorist Attacks upon the World Trade Center Towers and Pentagon and subsequently participated in Operation Anaconda in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Bagram Afghanistan with the 13th MEU and Task Force Mountain, as well as Operation Edged Mallet in Kenya, Africa.

In January 2003, Sergeant Wheeler deployed again with HMLA-369 to Kuwait and Iraq in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he conducted 96 various CAS, Escort, and C2 missions in direct support of 1st Marine Division’s push into Baghdad.

In January 2004, Sergeant Wheeler deployed once again with HMLA-369 as a part of the Unit Deployment Program to Okinawa Japan where he participated in training exercises in Okinawa, Hong Kong, South Korea, and the Philippines.

In June 2004, he was promoted to Staff Sergeant and selected to participate in the Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) and, following the MECEP Preparatory School at MCRD San Diego, began attendance at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  Staff Sergeant Wheeler completed Officer Candidate School in June 2005.

In December 2007, 2ndLt Wheeler was commissioned and attended The Basic School with Delta Company ‘08.  2ndLt Wheeler was assigned the Military Police Occupational Specialty and, following his respective MOS courses, reported to 3rd Marine Division’s Military Police Company and served as Platoon Commander, Company Operations Officer, and Company Executive Officer where he participated in multiple bilateral training exercises on Okinawa and the Philippines.

In August 2011, 1stLt Wheeler deployed as Third Battalion, Third Marines’ Police Mentor Team OIC in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Garmsir District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.  Here, 1stLt Wheeler and his team created, organized and conducted the Garmsir Afghan Police Academy as well as conducted mobile training and supervision for 16 outlying un-partnered Afghan defense posts as well as various mobile team logistical and tactical support missions throughout the Helmand Province river valley.  It was during this deployment he was promoted to his current rank of Captain in February 2012.

In May 2012, Captain Wheeler reported to Provost Marshal’s Office, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and served as the Operations Officer.  From July 2012 to May 2013 Captain Wheeler served a successful tour as the Aide de Camp for the CG MCIEAST, and subsequently returned to PMO to serve as Operations Officer.
In July 2014, Captain Wheeler assumed Command of Bravo Company, Headquarters & Support Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune leading 25 sections and over 300 Marines dispersed throughout Camp Lejeune, Camp Johnson, and Camp Geiger.

Captain Wheeler reported to 1st Marine Aircraft Wing as the Anti-Terrorism / Force Protection Officer in July 2015 and assumed his duties as the Marine Wing Liaison Kadena Officer in Charge in August 2015.

Captain Wheeler’s personal decorations include the Air Medal w/numeral 5, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/2 gold stars, the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal w/2 gold stars, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal w/2 bronze stars, and the Military Outstanding Volunteerism Medal.


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