Captain Wagner is a native of Grand Junction CO. He is a 1986 graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. After graduation from USNA, Captain Wagner completed Surface Warfare Officer Training in San Diego and subsequently served as Main Propulsion Assistant aboard USS Peleliu (LHA-5) from 1987-1990. He also served as a Supply Officer at the Naval Base Port Hueneme CA from 1991-1994.
He was then accepted into the Naval Health Profession Scholarship Program and graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine with his medical degree with honors in 1998. He then completed a transitional internship at Naval Medical Center San Diego in 1999 before reporting to Undersea Medical Officer Training, in Groton CT and Panama City Florida. His first duty station as an Undersea Medical Officer was at Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Eleven, Whidbey Island WA from 2000-2002.
He began his Preventive Medicine Residency in 2003 at the University of California at San Diego. After graduation from residency training in June 2005, he began a tour as the Preventive Medicine Officer, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune NC. During this tour, he has deployed twice to Iraq as the Preventive Medicine Officer for Multinational Forces West. While deployed, he had responsibility for the Force Health Protection of over 30,000 multinational forces on numerous Forward Operating Bases in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq. From June 2007 to August 2008, Captain Wagner served as the Clinical Consultant as well as the Operational and Staff Liaison at the Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center located on FT Detrick, Frederick MD.
His next assignment, from August 2008 to July 2011, was as the Officer in Charge (OIC), Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit 2 (NEPMU-2) in Norfolk, VA. As the OIC of the Navy’s largest NEPMU, he was responsible for disease surveillance and public health and Force Health Protection oversight supporting six geographic combatant commands and hundreds of operational commands and military treatment facilities in an area of responsibility covering nearly half of the globe.
CAPT Wagner then served as the Director of Public Health Services at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, CA. As Director, he managed the delivery of complex Public Health services to over 200 US Marine Corps and Navy commands located on a 600 square mile base, touching 5 surrounding counties.
His most recent assignment was as the Executive Officer of U.S. Naval Hospital located in Rota Spain.
Captain Wagner is a Certified Physician Executive through the American College of Physician Executives as well as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards).