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Since retiring, he has written a critically acclaimed memoir: When the Tempest Gathers and articles for a number of publications to include the Atlantic, USA Today, the Hill, War on the Rocks, the Modern War Institute, and Task and Purpose. He is a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute and is on the Adjunct Faculty of the Joint Special Operations University. He teaches classes on leadership, planning, ethics, command and control, mission command, risk, special operations and irregular warfare at US and British military schools. He is a co-host of the Modern War Institute’s Irregular War Podcast, and Irregular War Initiative.
Colonel Wetterauer graduated Career Level School in Quantico in May 2000.
In July of 2000, he received orders to 3d Bn, 4th Marines and served as the Lima Co Commander and Battalion Operations Officer. He deployed as part of a UDP to Japan and Korea from 2001-2002 and then to Iraq in 2003 as part of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Colonel Wetterauer was then assigned to The Basic School in Quantico, VA to serve as the Warfighting-Command Selection Head and the Commanding Officer for Delta and India companies. In 2005 he assumed duties as the Director of the Infantry Officer Course until July of 2007. Col. Wetterauer then became the Battalion Executive Officer of 1st Bn, 7th Marines and deployed back to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon his return in April 2008, he assumed duties as the 7th Marine Regiment Operations Officer. In November of 2008, Colonel Wetterauer assumed Command of 3d Bn, 4th Marines and deployed with his Battalion to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. After his return, Colonel Wetterauer was selected for a CMC Fellowship at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). In July 2011, Colonel Wetterauer was assigned to the Joint Special Operations Command where he deployed to Afghanistan as the senior Special Operations Forces liaison to ISAF.
In May of 2015, Col Wetterauer assumed Command of 8th Marine Regiment and deployed as the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force - Crisis Response Africa from Jan to Oct 2016. In July of 2017, he assumed duties as the Deputy Commander of Task Force 51/ 5th MEB in Bahrain until July 2019. Col Wetterauer joined MCICOM in July 2019 served as the AC/S G3/G5 until retirement on 1 Dec 2021. Colonel Wetterauer’s awards include Legion of Merit with gold star, Bronze Star with Combat “V” and 2 gold stars, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with 1 Oak Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with 1 gold star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V”, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon with 3 gold stars. Colonel Wetterauer and his wife Elizabeth have 3 grown boys, Maj Martin Wetterauer IV, Hayden, and Sgt Logan Wetterauer and two grandchildren Archer Wolfe and Medlynn Louise Wetterauer.
Following an assignment as an NROTC instructor at Texas A&M University from 2001-2003, he was selected to join Marine Corps Special Operations Command Detachment One, the Marine Corps’ proof of concept for a unit contribution to the US Special Operations Command and precursor to the Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC). Wade served as the Fires Officer and later as the Operations Officer for Det One, including a deployment to Baghdad with SEAL Team ONE in 2004. His next adventure was a twelve-month stint during 2006-7 as the Team Leader for a Border Transition Team, mentoring and coaching an Iraqi Border Police battalion in western Anbar Province.
Upon completion of that tour and a brief staff assignment, he was selected to command 2d Air-Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO), the Department of Defense’s premier close air and fire support liaison organization, where he deployed the last ANGLICO teams to Iraq and the first teams to Afghanistan.
Upon leaving command in June 2010, Wade was selected for the Afghanistan-Pakistan Hands Program and completed six months of language and cultural training before deploying to Regional Command-South in Kandahar. He was assigned to the COMISAF (Commander, International Security Assistance Force) Advisory and Assistance Team (CAAT), which served as the ISAF Commander’s “directed telescope” and provided feedback directly to senior leaders regarding the status and effectiveness of all aspects of the ISAF campaign. Following a brief assignment at the Pentagon, Wade retired from active duty in October 2012 and returned to the CAAT as a contractor, serving as the Senior Counterinsurgency (COIN) Advisor in Regional Command-North from Oct ’12 to Oct ’13, then as the Senior Strategic Advisor at ISAF Headquarters from Oct ’13 to March ’14.
Since retiring, Wade has served as a leadership consultant in the oil and gas sector and as an advisor to partner nation military organizations. From 2020-2022 Wade led a program to improve the training outcomes of the National Guard of Ukraine. He joined The Mozart Group in April 2022 as one its earliest members and is currently focused on personnel – organizational design and recruiting, vetting, and managing the high-quality people that set TMG apart.