Lieutenant Colonel John M. Wheeler is a 30 year Army and Air Force veteran and the Commander of Air Force ROTC Detachment 930 at Marquette University. He is responsible to the AFROTC Commander and the university president for recruiting, training, motivating and educating Air Force officer candidates. He is the senior Air Force officer on campus with dual responsibilities as Detachment Commander and Chairman of the Department of Aerospace Studies with rank of full professor.

Colonel Wheeler completed his Bachelors in Physical Education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1994 and his Adaptive Physical Education Licensure at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001. In 2002, Colonel Wheeler was commissioned in the United States Air Force as a graduate of the Academy of Military Science. He earned his Master of Science in Sports Administration at Canisius College in 2012 and his Master of Military Science at Marine Corps University in 2015. Colonel Wheeler has served as the Director of the Wisconsin National Guard Family Program, Defense Force Commander, Security Forces Operations Officer, Wing Anti-Terrorism Officer, Personnel Officer, and Education Officer. Colonel Wheeler has operational experience in contingency and combat operations to include deployments in support of Operations JOINT TASK FORCE EAGLE as part of OPERATION FUERTE APOYO (STRONG SUPPORT) and ENDURING FREEDOM. Before arriving at Marquette University, he served as a Physical Education Teacher with the Madison Metropolitan School District, the Wisconsin National Guard Protection Branch Chief and Provost Marshal, as well as an Antiterrorism Liaison Officer (ALO) for the Wisconsin Statewide Intelligence Center of the Division of Criminal Investigation.

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