Lieutenant Colonel Aden Wilkie was born November 26th, 1968 in Santa Clara, California. He graduated from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and attended post graduate school at Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon in 1996. Lieutenant Colonel Wilkie attended Officer Candidate School and Platoon Leader’s Course, Quantico, Virginia in 1997 while enrolled in post graduate school. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1998 and attained his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 1999.
Lieutenant Colonel Wilkie was activated from the Reserves in late 1999 and reported for duty at Headquarters, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia. He served as a Claims Recovery Officer and a Recorder for FY 2000 Enlisted to Warrant Officer Selection Board before successfully completing The Basic School, Quantico, Virginia and the Basic Lawyer Course at the Naval Justice School, Newport, Rhode Island in 2001. Upon completion, Lieutenant Colonel Wilkie reported to the Legal Services Support Section (LSSS), 2nd Force Service Support Group (2nd FSSG), Camp Lejeune, North Carolina for duty as a trial counsel for units under the jurisdiction of the Commanding General, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
In 2002, Lieutenant Colonel Wilkie was hand selected for assignment as the Marine Corps’ first Operational Law Officer, reporting to the Staff Judge Advocate, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. During this assignment, he deployed in support of Operation Dynamic Mix 02 with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (Forward), of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and deployed again as the Operational Law Officer for Task Force Tarawa in support Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2003, Lieutenant Colonel Wilkie returned to the LSSS to serve as a defense counsel in the Marine Corps Defense Services Organization (DSO) until his selection and enrollment in the Expeditionary Warfare School, Quantico, Virginia in June 2004. In 2005, he reported for duty as Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (Anti-Terrorism), Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Lieutenant Colonel Wilkie was next assigned in the headquarters element for U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC). Lieutenant Colonel Wilkie became the Marine Corps’ first Deputy Staff Judge Advocate assigned to MARSOC.
In 2008, Lieutenant Colonel Wilkie was the first Marine Corps Deputy Staff Judge Advocate to be assigned to Special Operations Component Command Central Command (SOCCENT), MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida and the first Marine legal advisor at Theater Special Operations Component Command (TSOC). Lieutenant Colonel Wilkie deployed several times to the Central Command (CENTCOM) AOR in support of the following organizations: Office of Defense Representative Pakistan (ODRP), Islamabad, Pakistan; Combined Forces Special Operations Component-Afghanistan (CFSOCC-A); Joint Forces Special Operations Component Iraq (JFSOCC-I).
In 2011, Lieutenant Colonel Wilkie successfully completed the U.S. Army’s Basic Airman Course, Fort Benning, Georgia as the honor graduate and was selected to attend The Army Judge Advocate Legal Center and School, Charlottesville, Virginia where he obtained a Masters of Law in Criminal Justice. In 2012, he reported for duty as the Senior Trial Counsel, Legal Services Support Section Team Parris Island, South Carolina.
In 2014, Lieutenant Colonel Wilkie reported for duty as the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA), Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany and for Logistics Command, located in Albany, Georgia. He was identified by U.S. Central Command and executed orders as the first SJA assigned to the Combined Joint Interagency Task Force-Syria (CJIATF-Syria). In 2017, Lieutenant Colonel Wilkie reported to Legal Services Support Section East, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune for duty as Regional Defense Counsel, Marine Corps Defense Services Organization, Eastern Region.
Lieutenant Colonel Wilkie’s personal and professional awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation with one gold star, the Joint Achievement Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal; the 2010 Garrison Award for top lawyer performance in the Special Operating Forces around the globe; published academia in the renowned legal publication: “Army Lawyer”; an L.L.M. degree in Criminal Justice from The U.S. Army Judge Advocate Legal Center and School; and Parachutist Badge from the U.S. Army Basic Airborne Course.