Rear Adm. Trey Wheeler is a native of Cross City, Florida, and a 1988 graduate of U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography. In 2008, he received a Master’s in National Security Strategy from the National War College, Washington, District of Columbia.
A career naval flight officer, Wheeler’s operational assignments include tours with Patrol Squadron (VP) 16; communications officer and assistant chief of staff for Administration/Flag Secretary for Commander, Carrier Group 1; VP-45, assistant chief of staff for Operations/Fleet Operations Officer (N3) for Commander, 7th Fleet; commanding officer, VP-10; commanding officer, Provincial Reconstruction Team PAKTIKA, Afghanistan; commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11; and as a flag officer, deputy commander, Joint Task Force Horn of Africa; and commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group/Patrol and Reconnaissance Group Pacific.
Wheeler’s shore tours include an instructor tour with the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Fleet Replacement Squadron, VP-30; officer in charge, Weapons Tactics Unit; executive assistant to the Director, Joint Staff; and executive assistant to Commander, Allied Joint Force Command, Naples / Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe / Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa.
Wheeler’s military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, and other personal, service, and unit awards.