Maj Koehl graduated from LaSalle University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science and Information Technologies and was 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 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 Airforce 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 year-long 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, writing his Blue Horizons paper on the future of JTIDS over the next 25 years and its integration in warfare.
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 for the building 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 USMC 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 checked back in with the VMFA-323 Death Rattlers in January of 2019 and currently serves as the Executive Officer.
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 1800 mishap free FA-18 hours, over 280 combat hours, and over 310 carrier arrested landings.