Marine Raider, Sgt Wolfgang Weniger, 28, was killed in a parachute accident while participating in the Army Airborne’s Basic Course at Fort Benning, Georgia on Tuesday. Nicknamed “Wolf,” he joined the Marine Corps in 2015.
“Wolf was exactly what we look for when training students to become Marine Raiders. He was a consistent top performer, a natural leader, he never complained, and was always there to pick up his team during challenging events.” Individual Training Course instructors said in a Thursday press release.
Sgt Wolfgang Weniger first served as an armory custodian with the Combat Logistics Battalion 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, until December 2018.
In January of 2019, he joined MARSOC after “graduating from the grueling Individual Training Course, earning the Marine special operator insignia and the 0372 critical skills operator military occupational specialty in October 2019.”
The Marine Corps Times reported,
Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Sgt. Wolf Weninger – an incredibly smart, dedicated, and dependable Marine. Although he was just beginning his journey as a Marine Raider, his contributions to our legacy did not go unnoticed,” Col. Travis Homiak, the commanding officer of Marine Raider Training Center, said in the Thursday release.
“He lived the ethos that defines our Marine Raider culture, possessing unsurmountable determination, a deep sense of integrity, and an unconquerable spirit,” Homiak said.
Sgt Wolfgang Weniger was from Auburn, Ohio. His MOS 0372 was an exacting one.
According to the USMC/Navy:
“Critical Skills Operators (CSO) are Marines trained to execute missions in the Special Operations Core Tasks of Foreign Internal Defense (FID), Direct Action (DA), Special Reconnaissance (SR) and Counter-Terrorism (CT), the Secondary Core Task of Information Operations (IO) and tasks in Support of Unconventional Warfare (UW) as part of the Marine Corps component to USSOCOM.
CSO Marines possess high levels of maturity, experience, judgment and the ability to rapidly apply critical thought to operational objectives. They are able to quickly achieve a commander’s intent through mission orders and the effective application of these traits. They succeed in the face of adversity by being able to make the right decision, at the right place, and at the right time.
CSO Marines are team-oriented, but are trained and ready to function as individuals and as members of an element, team, company, battalion or regiment. They are capable of operations across the entire spectrum of Special Operations, from employment in isolated and austere locales with little-to-no conventional support to operations as fully integrated units in a Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force (CJSOTF) or other Joint task organized configurations.
To facilitate this, CSOs are also intensively trained as a Subject Matter Expert in advanced communications, engineering, special weapons, intelligence, and advanced special operations, depending on their billet in the MSOT. CSOs operate as cross-cultural diplomats and global scouts, with the unique ability to exert influence in areas and situations that are absent authority. They may also posses advanced language capabilities and cultural familiarity, and are adept at working by, with and through partner nation forces in pursuit of strategic goals and objectives. CSO’s possess a naval expeditionary character, and as such provides maximum versatility for Geographical Combatant Commanders. MARSOF Marines are capable of rapid integration and interoperability with the joint force.”
An investigation into the accident is ongoing.
Featured photo: Sgt. Wolfgang “Wolf” K. Weninger, 28, a critical skills operator assigned to the Marine Raider Training Center, suffered fatal injuries Tuesday while participating in the U.S. Army’s Basic Airborne Course 24-20. Gunnery Sgt. Lynn Kinney/Marine Corps