Lieutenant Colonel Wilburn entered the Marine Corps through the Platoon
Leaders Class Program in 1993. He completed Bachelor of Science degrees in
International Affairs and History at Kennesaw State University and was
commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1996. After graduating from the Basic
School, Lieutenant Colonel Wilburn reported to 2d Radio Battalion, where he
served as Executive Officer, Headquarters Company and Executive Officer, Bravo Company.
In 1998, Lieutenant Colonel Wilburn transferred to the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit and served as the Radio Battalion Detachment Officer-In-Charge for two Mediterranean deployments. From 1998 to 2000, Lieutenant Colonel Wilburn participated in operations JOINT FORGE, BALKAN CALM, and AUTUMN SHELTER. Upon returning from the Mediterranean Sea, Lieutenant Colonel Wilburn received orders to Intelligence Department, Headquarters United States Marine Corps.
As Occupational Field Sponsor, from 2000-2003, Lieutenant Colonel Wilburn was Intelligence Department’s primary intermediary between the Intelligence Occupational Fields and Manpower and Reserve Affairs for officer and enlisted personnel management issues. He led several of the DIRINT’s strategic initiatives including: the creation of Tactical Cryptologic Communications Course and merging the Counterintelligence and Interrogation Translator military occupational specialties.
Lieutenant Colonel Wilburn attended Marine Air Ground Task Force Intelligence Officers Course (MIOC) and graduated as Honor and Distinguished Graduate in 2004. After MIOC, he transferred to 3d Intelligence Battalion and served as Commander, Counterintelligence Human Intelligence Company and Battalion Operations Officer. Lieutenant Colonel Wilburn participated in Combined Support Force-536 (U.S. Tsunami Task Force) and JTF 535 (Philippine Disaster Relief). His tour at 3d Intelligence Battalion
culminated with the privilege of serving as Acting Battalion Commander for 13 months.
In 2007, Lieutenant Colonel Wilburn assumed command of India Company, Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion (MCSB). Additionally, he served as Chief, Ground National Tactical National Integration at the National Security Agency/Central Security Service Hawaii. While assigned to MCSB, Lieutenant Colonel Wilburn deployed to Afghanistan in support of operation ENDURING FREEDOM, establishing the first Cryptologic Services Group in Regional Command South.
In June 2010, Lieutenant Colonel Wilburn reported for duty at the Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC). Next, he attended the School of Advanced Warfare and graduated to become the Chief of War Plans, I Marine Expeditionary Force. In June 2013, Lieutenant Colonel Wilburn assumed command of 1st Intelligence Battalion. In his second year of command, he also took the helm of I Marine Headquarters Group Forward, simultaneously running both units for one year. After command, Lieutenant Colonel Wilburn reported to the National War College, Washington D.C, and subsequently transferred to the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Directorate for Strategic Integration before assuming his current duties.
Lieutenant Colonel Wilburn earned advanced degrees in Economics, Strategic Intelligence, Human Relations, Operational Studies, and National Security Strategy. He is a graduate of the Post Graduate Intelligence Program and the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course. A ten-year adjunct faculty member at the Marine Corps University, Lieutenant Colonel Wilburn received the 2014 Major General Thomas C. Jones Instructor of the Year award. Lieutenant Colonel Wilburn’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.