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III Marine Expeditionary Force

 

III Marine Expeditionary Force

Forward, Faithful, Focused

Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan
Major Shawn “JWOW” Wehrle

Expeditionary Operations Training Group 
Officer In Charge

 

Major Shawn “JWOW” Wehrle

United States Marine Corps

 

Major Wehrle was born in Pensacola, Florida in January, 1983.  He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2005 with a B.S. in Hospitality Management.     

 

Upon completion of The Basic School Second Lieutenant Wehrle completed primary flight training with Training Squadron 27, advanced flight training with Helicopter Training Squadron 18, and was designated a Naval Aviator in July, 2010.  First Lieutenant Wehrle reported to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 in March 2011 and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from November 2011 to May 2012.  During that time, First Lieutenant Wehrle flew 266.1 combat flight hours in support of coalition forces.  From June to November 2013 Captain Wehrle deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and participated in the large scale Bilateral Defense Exercise Talisman Sabre in Australia.  Upon return from this deployment, Captain Wehrle was selected to attend the Tactical Air Control Party Course held at Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific in Coronado, California.  Upon graduation, Captain Wehrle received orders to 1st Tank Battalion in Twentynine Palms, California.

 

During his tour with 1st Tank Battalion Captain Wehrle conducted over 130 live controls while working as a Forward Air Controller with Company D during Integrated Training Exercise 5-14 and 1-15.  Prior to his departure, Captain Wehrle was designated as a Forward Air Controller Evaluator and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Evaluator.

 

In December, 2015 Captain Wehrle received orders to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 and deployed to Okinawa, Japan on Unit Deployment Program 16.2.  In January 2017, Captain Wehrle was assigned to Headquarters Squadron, MAG-39 to serve as the Current Operations Officer.  During this period, Captain Wehrle completed a graduate degree in Leadership Studies from Marshall University and was selected out of a nationwide submission of nominees to receive an award from the non-profit Credit.org in recognition for the financial counseling he provided to Marines as a Command Financial Specialist.

 

Major Wehrle reported to Expeditionary Operations Training Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa, Japan in April, 2018 where he served as the Assistant Officer in Charge until being designated the Officer in Charge in July 2020.  

 

Major Wehrle’s personal awards include the Air Medal-Strike Flight with numeral 4, the Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal.  He is a distinguished graduate of the Marine Corps non-resident Expeditionary Warfare School and a distinguished graduate of the Marine Corps Command & Staff College blended seminar program.  Major Wehrle is married to the former Brianne J. Carter of Carlsbad, California and has a 5 year old daughter.