Major Wright is a native of Ohio. He attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy where he received his Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering and Shipyard Management and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant upon graduation in June of 2008.
After commissioning he served as an Assistant Officer Selection Officer in Gainesville, FL. Upon completing The Basic School (TBS) in May 2009, Major Wright reported to Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21 (MATSG-21) in Pensacola, FL to begin flight training. He was designated a Naval Aviator in April of 2011. Major Wright was then assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron 302 (HMHT-302) aboard Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River, NC for CH-53E fleet replacement training.
In September of 2011, Major Wright reported to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366 (HMH-366), MCAS Cherry Point, NC. The squadron departed for Enhanced Mojave Viper 2-12 in November 2011 to complete their pre-deployment training. In January 2012, he deployed with HMH-466 (-)(REIN) as part of the HMH-366 detachment, to Camp Leatherneck in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF) 12.1. Following a successful deployment, he returned to MCAS Cherry Point and HMH-366 in August of 2012, where he assumed the duties as the squadron’s Flight Equipment Officer.
Major Wright deployed in November 2012 with a detachment from HMH-366 to the USS Wasp to provide humanitarian and disaster relief operations in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Upon returning to MCAS Cherry Point he assumed the duties of the Airframes Division Officer and NATOPS Officer. Over the next 17 months Major Wright supported Integrated Training Exercises 5-13 and 3-14. In June of 2014 Major Wright successfully completed the Naval School of Aviation Safety, Aviation Safety Officer Course 14-5, where after returning to HMH-366 he assumed the duties as the squadron’s Aviation Safety Officer (ASO).
In July of 2014, Major Wright deployed again, as the HMH-366 ASO, to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of OEF 14.2. During this deployment, HMH-366 supported the tactical withdrawal of Camp Bastion-Leatherneck, closing out U.S. combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Following another successful deployment, he returned to MCAS Cherry Point in December of 2014, where he served as the HMH-366 Director of Safety and Standardization. Major Wright completed the EWSBSP in June of 2015.
Upon the completion of a successful tour with HMH-366, Major Wright received orders to Tactical Air Control Squadron TWO ONE at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story where he assumed the duties as the as the Expeditionary Liaison Officer. He deployed again in 2016 aboard the USS Kearsarge with the 26th MEU and again in 2017 aboard the USS Bataan with the 24th MEU serving as a Tactical Air Control Center Watch Officer and Air Support Coordinator. In December of 2016 Major Wright successfully completed the Tactical Air Control Party Course earning the qualification as a Forward Air Controller. Additionally, in May of 2017 Major Wright completed the Marine Corps Command and Staff College Distance Education Program as a Distinguished Graduate and in September 2017 earned a Master’s degree in International Relations from New England College.
In July of 2017 Major Wright reported to HMHT-302 as an Instructor Pilot. Major Wright served as the squadron’s Logistics and Communications Officer, and the Director of Safety and Standardization.
In July of 2020 Major Wright reported to HMH-464 where he served as the Director of Safety and Standardization before being selected as the CH-53E Detachment OIC for the 24th MEU. He currently serves as the VMM-162(REIN) Executive Officer for the Air Combat Element of the 24th MEU. Major Wright has flown more than 1,650 mishap free flight hours and holds the designations of NSI, AMC, AFL, ANI, NII, FRSI and CRMI in the CH-53E.
Major Wright’s personal decorations include the Air Medal (Individual Action with Combat “V”) and (Strike/Flight numeral 5), the Navy Commendation Medal (with one gold star) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.