III MEF Support Battalion commanding officer
Lieutenant Colonel RICHARD J. WAGNER
Lieutenant Colonel Wagner graduated from Henry Foss H.S. in 1994 and enlisted in the Marine Corps in September of 1995. Following completion of Recruit Training, Marine Combat Training, and Basic Military Police school he was assigned to Military Police Company, Headquarters and Service Battalion, 2d Force Service Support Group in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
In June 1996 Lieutenant Colonel Wagner participated in Operation Purple Star and was promoted to Lance Corporal. In December 1996 Lieutenant Colonel Wagner was meritoriously promoted to Corporal, and in May 1997 he deployed in support of Baltic Challenge ‘97 in Paldiski and Tallinn, Estonia. In January 1998 he deployed to Narvik, Norway in support of Operation Strong Resolve ‘98 and was promoted meritoriously to Sergeant in February 1998. From May to September 1998 he deployed as the Detachment Commander for Military Police Detachment, Combat Service Support Detachment 27, Combined Arms Exercise 9/10 ‘98. Upon his return from CAX he was assigned as the Detachment Platoon Sergeant for Joint Task Force Full Provider Hurricane Disaster Relief, Operation Fundamental Relief in Puerto Rico.
In May 2000 Lieutenant Colonel Wagner graduated from Campbell University with an Associate in Arts Degree, and in July 2000 he reported to Newport, Rhode Island for duty as a student in the Broadened Opportunity Officer Selection Training Program. In April 2001 Lieutenant Colonel Wagner was promoted to Staff Sergeant and in July 2001 he reported for duty as a student under the Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Education Program at the University of Idaho.
In May 2002 Lieutenant Colonel Wagner attended Officer Candidates School in Quantico, Virginia. In May 2005 Lieutenant Colonel Wagner was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant after graduating from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, a minor in Strength and Conditioning, and a Washington State K-12 Health and Fitness Teaching Certificate. In July 2005 Lieutenant Colonel Wagner attended The Basic School and Logistics Officer Course.
In May 2006 Lieutenant Colonel Wagner reported for duty with 3d Transportation Support Battalion, 3d Marine Logistics Group in Okinawa, Japan where he was assigned as Second Platoon Commander, Landing Support Company. In August of 2006 he participated in Ulchi Focus Lens ‘06 in Korea.
In March 2007 Lieutenant Colonel Wagner was reassigned as Third Platoon Commander, Transportation Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 4 (CLB-4). In May 2007 Lieutenant Colonel Wagner was promoted to First Lieutenant and from August 2007 to March 2008 he deployed with CLB-4 to Al Anbar Province in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08.2. While there he served as Platoon Commander and Convoy Commander executing over 100 missions and 55 long-haul combat logistics patrols in direct support of RCT-2 and RCT-5.
Upon return from Iraq in March 2008 Lieutenant Colonel Wagner was reassigned as the Headquarters and Service Company Commander and S-3A/Current Operations Officer for CLB-4 and in June of 2008 Lieutenant Colonel Wagner graduated Expeditionary Warfare School through the College of Continuing Education Distance Education Program.
From August 2008 to March 2009 Lieutenant Colonel Wagner served as the Aide-de-Camp for the Commanding General, 3d Marine Logistics Group. In May 2009 Lieutenant Colonel Wagner was promoted to Captain and was augmented and reassigned as the Company Commander for General Support Motor Transport Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2D Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Task Force Leatherneck-Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 09.1. Upon returning from Afghanistan, Lieutenant Colonel Wagner served as the Training Officer for CLR-3 and in February 2010 Lieutenant Colonel Wagner was selected as the 2009 Marine Corps Ground Logistics Officer of the Year.
From June 2010 until July 2013 Lieutenant Colonel Wagner served as the Executive Officer and Inspecting Officer for Region 5, Marine Corps Embassy Support Group (MCESG) in Frankfurt, Germany. From August 2013 to March 2014 Lieutenant Colonel Wagner attended Combined Logistics Captains Career Course and Joint Logistics Course in Fort Lee, VA, and the Basic Airborne School in Fort Benning, GA.
From March 2014 to June 2015 Lieutenant Colonel Wagner served as the Squadron Logistics Officer for Marine Wing Support Squadron 172 (MWSS-172) and during this time he attended Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course in Yuma, AZ and Intermediate MAGTF Logistics Operations Course in 29 Palms, CA. In August 2015 Lieutenant Colonel Wagner was promoted to Major and reassigned to the III MEF G-4 Logistics Operations Center where he served as the Oceania Action Officer, MARFORJ Action Officer, and DPRI Planner.
From June 2017 to June 2018 Lieutenant Colonel Wagner attended the US Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. From June 2018 to May 2019 Lieutenant Colonel Wagner served as the CLB-3 Operations Officer. From May 2019 to July 2020 Lieutenant Colonel Wagner served as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commander U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific (MARFORPAC). Lieutenant Colonel Wagner’s most recent assignment was Force Design Integration Officer in the MARFORPAC G-9 Force Development Directorate, Planning & Concepts Branch. Lieutenant Colonel Wagner was promoted to his current rank May 2021 and he assumed command of III MSB 17 June 2021.
Lieutenant Colonel Wagner is a recipient of the Marine Corps Logistics Officer of the Year Award. He is a graduate of Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Army Command and General Staff College, Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS), Joint Logistics Course, Combined Logistics Captains Career Course (CLC3), Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course, and the Intermediate MAGTF Logistics Officers Course (IMLOC). His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star in lieu of fifth award, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star in lieu of fourth award, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with bronze star in lieu of third award, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal with bronze star in lieu of second award.
Lieutenant Colonel Wagner is married to the former Sonja Alverio of Lakewood, Washington and they have two children together – son, Dayton 24 and daughter, Marissa 19.