Colonel Wahlgren is a native of Princeton, Illinois. He graduated from Princeton High School, Princeton, IL. in 1990. Following high school he received an appointment and attended the United States Naval Academy where he graduated in 1995. After being commissioned a 2ndLt, he attended The Basic School and went to follow-on MOS school for Ground Supply Officer in Camp Johnson, NC. Upon completion of school, he was assigned to 2D Force Reconnaissance Company where he served as a unit supply officer. He served in this capacity from 1996 to 1999.
In 1999, Captain Wahlgren received orders to Supply Company, Combat Service Support Group 3 (CSSG-3) in Kaneohe Bay, HI. His billets included OIC of the General Account, Company Executive Officer, and Company Commander. He supported exercise Cobra Gold in 2001 as the supply detachment OIC. In 2002, he departed CSSG-3 for a tour at Headquarters Marine Corps in the Navy Annex at Logistics Plans and Policies (LPC-3) where he managed service level supply chain initiatives.
In 2005, Major Wahlgren was assigned to 2D Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) to serve as the Operations officer. He deployed to support OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM 05-07.1 and helped provide joint terminal air controllers (JTAC) from Al Asad air base to all of western Al Anbar. Following his deployment, he received orders to Combat Logistics Battalion 8 (CLB-8) to serve as the Operations officer. He deployed to support OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM 06-08.2 in support of Regimental Combat Team 6 (RCT-6) in Fallujah. Upon completion of this tour, he received orders to 2D Supply Battalion to serve as the Executive officer and deployed to support OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM 09.1 from Al Taqqadum.
In August of 2009, Major Wahlgren reported to US Military Entrance Processing Command (MEPCOM) to serve as a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) Commander in Des Moines, IA. His station processed over 7,000 applicants for the state of Iowa. Upon completion of his tour in 2012, Lieutenant Colonel Wahlgren received orders to 3D Marine Division Okinawa, Japan as the deputy G-4. He served in this capacity for a year before being selected for command of 3D Supply Battalion from 2013 to 2015. His command supported many exercises throughout the region to include Balikatan, Cobra Gold, Phiblex, and Freedom Banner. Upon completion of a successful command tour, he attended top level school in Carlisle, PA. at the US Army War College in 2016. From July 2016 to June 2018, he served as the Branch Head for the G-5 deliberate plans section of Marine Forces Europe/Africa (MARFOREUR/AF) in Stuttgart, Germany. His section supported plans development for two combatant commands and was instrumental in providing strategic guidance for the MARFOR staff.
In June of 2018, Lieutenant Colonel Wahlgren reported to Marine Force Storage Center (MFSC), Albany, GA. Where he was promoted to Colonel in August. Marine Force Storage Command officially stood-up on 11 April 2019 and the two subordinate Force Storage Battalions stood-up in June of 2019. These commands are dedicated to storing combat capability sets to sustain the Expeditionary Force in readiness.
In June of 2021, Colonel Wahlgren reported to Marine Forces Korea (MARFORK) as the Deputy Commander.
Colonel Wahlgren’s schools include The Basic School, Ground Supply officer’s course, Airborne school, Scuba school, Amphibious Warfare School (non-res), Commander and Staff (non-res), Commander’s Course, and top level school at the US Army War College. He possesses a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography from the United States Naval Academy, a Master’s in Business Administration from Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, and a Master’s in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College.