Jesse Wagner is a native of Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in July of 2001 from Raleigh, NC and attended Recruit Training at MCRD Parris Island graduating as the Platoon Honor Graduate and Private First Class from Platoon 2093 2d RTB in October 2001.
He completed the initial accession training at SOI-East, MCB Camp Lejeune, NC and was assigned the MOS of 6511, Aviation Ordnance Trainee. He attended “A” school in Pensacola, FL and was awarded the MOS of 6531 Aviation Ordnance Technician and assigned to the EA-6B Prowler training pipeline. He attended EA-6b Ordnance “C” school in Whidbey Island, WA from February 2002 to April 2002. He was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal on 1 April 2002 and received initial assignment orders to Marine Electronic Attack Squadron (VMAQ) 3 in Cherry Point, NC.
He reported to VMAQ-3 in May 2002 where he was deployed to Iwakuni, Japan from January 2003 to July 2003. He supported multiple CONUS based exercises with the biannual Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) courses with Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron (MAWTS) 1 as an augment and several squadron exercises for Defensive Tactics in Yuma, AZ and obtained the qualifications of Collateral Duty Inspection and Quality Assurance / Safety Observer for the Ordnance Division. He was meritoriously promoted to Corporal on September 2, 2003 and Sergeant on January 1, 2004. Upon promotion to Sergeant, he was issued orders to Center for Naval Aviation Training Unit (CNATTU) Whidbey Island, Marine Aviation Support Training Group (MATSG) 53 as an Aviation Ordnance “C” school Instructor.
Sgt Wagner reported to MATSG-53 in February 2005 and began executing the duties of an EA-6B Ordnance Instructor. While assigned to CNATTU Whidbey Island he performed serval duties outside of his MOS to include an instructor for Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) Boot Camp, Navy Region Northwest, as a Sentry, Patrol Officer, and tactical advisor for the Naval Security Force, Whidbey Island, and performed as a member of the ceremonial burial detail for the western Washington region. At the completion of his Instructor tour, he was assigned to Heavy Marine Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 464 in Kaneohe Bay, HI.
Sgt Wagner arrived to HMH-463 in May 2008 and was assigned as the Ordnance Division Chief and was selected for promotion to Staff Sergeant and promoted on December 1, 2008. While assigned to HMH-463 he participated in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) joint training exercise, additional WTI courses, and deployed to Helmand Providence Afghanistan from September 2009 to March 2010. Upon returning to HI he began the training pipeline to become an Aerial Observer/Gunner of the CH-53D platform. He completed the training and was awarded Naval Aircrew wings in November 2010 and was assigned to the Quality Assurance Division. SSgt Wagner deployed again to Helmand Providence, Afghanistan from February 2011 to September 2011 where we performed the duties of a Quality Assurance Representative and CH-53D Aircrew. He flew more than 80 combat missions and was awarded the permanent designation as a Combat Aircrew Member and received Combat Aircrew Wings. While deployed, SSgt Wagner volunteered for Marine Security Guard (MSG) duty and was selected to report to MSG Class 2-13.
SSgt Wagner reported on January 2, 2013 to Marine Corps Embassy Security Group (MCESG), Quantico, VA and began training as a Student Detachment Commander. He graduated as the class Honor Graduate in March 2013 and was subsequently assigned as the Detachment Commander at American Embassy, Canberra, Australia. He was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant on 1 October 2014 and was reassigned to be the Detachment Commander at American Embassy Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Upon completion of the required 36 months on MSG Duty, Gunnery Sergeant Wagner was selected to be retained by the MSG program and reported to MCESG HQ in Quantico, VA to perform the duties of the MSG Recruiting, Advertising, and Screening Team (RAST). While assigned to RAST Gunnery Sergeant Wagner traveled to the majority of the CONUS Marine Corp installations, Hawaii, and Japan to brief more than 75,000 Marines on the MSG program. Upon successful completion of MSG Duty, Gunnery Sergeant Wagner received order to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron (MALS) 14 in Cherry Point, NC.
Upon returning to Cherry Point, NC in December 2016, Gunnery Sergeant Wagner was assigned as the MALS-14 Ordnance Department. While at MALS-14, he performed the duties as the Munitions Chief, Rack Shop Chief, Ordnance Department SNCOIC, and Department Chief and as the Squadron Gunnery Sergeant. While serving as the Munitions Chief, Gunnery Sergeant Wagner attended the MAWTS-1 Expeditionary Ordnance Course (MEOC). In October 2020, the MOS of 6577 was created and Gunnery Sergeant Wagner was awarded the Aviation Ordnance Weapons and Tactics Instructor Additional MOS. As a 6577, Gunnery Sergeant Wagner returned to MAWTS-1 as the Chief Instructor for the 2-18, 1-19, 2-19, 2-20, and 1-21 WTI courses. Gunnery Sergeant Wagner was selected for and promoted to Master Sergeant on February 1, 2020 and was assigned as the Ordnance Chief for Marine Attack Training Squadron (VMAT) 203, Cherry Point, NC
Master Sergeant Wagner reported to VMAT-203 in April 2020 and is currently serving as the Ordnance Division Chief and Senior Enlisted Advisor.
Master Sergeant Wagner’s personal decorations include the Air Medal (bronze strike/flight “2”), Navy Commendation Medal (x3) Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (x4), and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.