LtCol Koehl was born in Easton Pennsylvania, a baseball player from birth. He graduated from LaSalle University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science and Information Technologies and commissioned a Second Lieutenant in May 2004. He was designated a Naval Aviator in August 2007, and reported to VMFAT-101 for initial training to fly the FA-18 Hornet.
In November of 2008, Captain Koehl finished his initial training at VMFAT-101. In July of 2009, he reported to the Death Rattlers of VMFA-323 for duty. During his time with the Snakes, Captain Koehl served as the schedules officer, S6 officer, CMCC, logistics officer, powerline officer, and pilot training officer. He deployed aboard the USS STENNS, USS NIMITZ, and USS RONALD REAGAN in support of two RIMPAC exercises, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and OPERATION TOMODACHI. He was designated a Weapons and Tactics Instructor in 2012. After graduating Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 2-12, Captain Koehl was invited back to be an FA-18 Instructor on staff at Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1).
Departing from the Snakes in December 2013, Captain Koehl was selected to be the 3MAW FA-18 flight lead standardization evaluation (FLSE) manager. Captain Koehl worked for 3MAW helping standardize the instructors of MAG-11 for 7 months before departing for school.
Captain Koehl was selected by the Commandants Professional Intermediate-Level Education Board to attend the United States Air Force resident Command and Staff program in Montgomery, Alabama. Captain Koehl reported to Air University at Maxwell AFB in July of 2014. He was promoted to Major in September of 2014. At Air University, Maj Koehl was board selected to be enrolled in the Center for Strategy and Technologies (CSAT) Blue Horizons program, a yearlong elective taught at the TS/SCI level, culminating with a Master’s thesis. In July of 2015, Major Koehl graduated from Air University with a Master’s Degree in Military Operational Art and Science.
Major Koehl reported to MAWTS-1 as an FA-18 instructor pilot in July of 2015. While serving on staff Major Koehl was selected to be the assistant academics officer and was the primary POC for MAWTS-1 in regards to joint capabilities briefs. In addition to serving in this capacity, Major Koehl served as the FA-18 Subject Matter Expert for Electronic Warfare Systems, Surface to Air Threats and Countertactics, Section Engaged Maneuvering, Offensive Anti Air Warfare, and Joint Mission Planning Systems. During this tour, Major Koehl deployed to Bahrain in support of OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE.
In July of 2018, Major Koehl reported to MAG-11 to serve as the MAG-11 Weapons and Tactics Instructor. Major Koehl served in MAG-11 for six months as the assistant operations officer. During this time, he was the visiting units’ POC for MCAS Miramar hosting Canadian FA-18s and multiple USAF MDFs. He finished his time at MAG-11 serving as the evolution coordinator for 3MAW’s WINTER FURY exercise.
Major Koehl checked in with the VMFA-323 Death Rattlers in January of 2019 where he served as the executive officer until August of 2019. In September, he took the position of aircraft maintenance officer and led the maintenance department through their CNAF AMI inspection cycle. In June of 2020, Major Koehl took back over as the executive officer where he currently serves. He was promoted to LtCol in October of 2020. He deployed aboard USS NIMITZ with Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN in support of operations ENDURING FREEDOM, FREEDOM’S SENTINEL, INHERENT RESOLVE AND OCTAVE QUARTZ from May 2020 – Feb 2021.
His personal awards include the Air Medal with strike flight numeral 1, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (gold star in lieu of second award) and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. Throughout his flying career, he has accumulated over 2000 FA-18 hours, over 280 combat hours, and over 500 aircraft carrier arrested landings.