John Wissler

John Wissler

Areas of Expertise

  • Leadership and team building

  • Asia Pacific Affairs with a focus on the Republic of Korea, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, and Australia.

  • Logistics planning and operational design

  • Strategic operational planning

  • Government fiscal planning and requirements development

John Wissler retired from the United States Marine Corps on 1 October 2017 with over 39 years’ experience in leading dynamic, multi-faceted, resource constrained, results driven organizations.  Throughout his career he inculcated independent leadership skills and organizational ethos through direct mentoring and personal engagement that maximized personal growth in the organizations he led, and implemented ethical decision-making frameworks that led to team-based wins in the face of exceptional operational and fiscal pressures.  John has effectively designed team based, innovative processes that drove individual and collective successes in challenging and demanding operational, fiscal and budget development, logistics, requirements development, and strategic planning environments.  Sought as a speaker and presenter on leadership development and developing winning teams, government budget and requirements development, strategic planning, and logistics operations, John established JPW Solutions, LLC, a disabled-veteran owned business, to share his passion for excellence in each of these areas. Since leaving active duty as a Marine, John has conducted seminars with Major League Soccer and several colleges, providing insights into building winning teams, creating successful team culture, and developing leaders at every level.  He is also working with several organizations developing long term strategic planning and cutting-edge technologies and logistics systems.

While on active duty, John served for seven years as a Lieutenant General, serving as the Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command (2015-2017); Commanding General III Marine Expeditionary Force (2013-2015); and Deputy Commandant of the Marine Corps for Programs and Resources (2010-2013).  In each of these assignments he was responsible for providing leadership, fiscal guidance and budget execution, strategic planning, and organizational development for as many as 65,000 Marines, Sailors and government civilians.  

Under his direct leadership, his commands effectively executed maintenance, training, and operational employment of ground combat, logistics and aviation forces executing operations around the globe, as well as overseeing the employment of unique strategic capabilities supporting Joint and interagency commands.  Throughout, he developed and employed innovative organizations and technologies to improve organizational effectiveness and internal efficiency.  He provided oversight and support to Marine components, including plans for the integration of rotational forces in in the Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and Norway. In this effort he worked with each of the U.S. Geographic combatant commands, NATO commands, as well as the US Embassies and foreign governments.  In addition, he planned, trained and certified the employment of rotational forces in Europe, Africa, the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, Central America and the Middle East, and was responsible for readiness assessments of all Marine Corps forces. 

He worked integrally with the Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command to improve amphibious capabilities across the Navy-Marine Corps team and was instrumental in the development of a long term Amphibious Operations and Training Campaign Plan that increased Navy and Marine Corps integration, innovation, experimentation, and operational readiness.  John commanded Joint and Combined organizations dispersed across the entirety of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and was twice designated as the USPACOM Joint Task Force Commander for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) operations, in Typhoon and Earthquake relief in the Philippines (2013) and Nepal (2015).  John led the development and execution of the first metric driven, PACOM Theater Security Cooperation efforts in 22 of the 36 countries in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

As Deputy Commandant for Programs and Resources, John led a team that executed Planning, Programming, Budget and Execution process developing the Marine Corps’ Program Objective Memorandum (POM). Simultaneous to these efforts, John provided guidance and strategic planning efforts to the P&R team and across the Marine Corps to achieve the first successful unqualified audit opinion of the Marine Corps General Fund Schedule of Budgetary Activity, the first successful audit in all of DoD and the first important step to full financial statement auditability now underway. 

Other General Officer and senior leader command assignments included; Deputy Commanding General, Multi-National Force West during combat Operations in Iraq in 2009-2010, Commanding General, 2d Marine Logistics Group (Fwd) during combat Operations in Iraq in 2005 - 2006, Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense from 2006-2008, and Commanding Officer, Task Force Pegasus, a unique multi-functional battlefield distribution capability supporting I MEF and Task Force Tarawa during Operation Iraqi Freedom I in 2003.  In this capacity John developed innovative force organization and command and control capabilities that revolutionized Marine Corps battlefield distribution capabilities while integrating industrial base, theater, and service component logistics capabilities that provided five times the doctrinal operational range expected of a Marine Expeditionary Force in combat.  As the Director of the Commandant of the Marine Corps’ Strategic Initiatives Group John authored a weekly strategic insight publication as well as being a principal participant in developing Marine Corps input into the 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review.

John possesses a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering/Engineering Management, Air Force Institute of Technology, Dayton, OH; a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, and served as a Commandant of the Marine Corps and Federal Executive Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC from 1998-1999.  John has attended the Singularity University Executive Program in Exponential Technologies as well the University of North Carolina Executive Program in Logistics Technology.

BOARDS, HONORS AND AWARDS:

  • Board Member, First Command Financial Services, Military Advisory Board, Current

  • Independent Consultant, Burdeshaw Associates, LLC., Current

  • Advisor, Advisory Council of Senior Engineers, Stellar Solutions, Inc., Current

  • Honorary Republic of Korea Marine, 2015

  • Honorary Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy 2014

  • Commandants Award for Exceptional Academic Achievement – Exceptional Thesis Award, Air Force Institute of Technology, 1983