Commanding Officer Bio


Colonel T. Shane "Rhino" Tomko
Commanding Officer, Wounded Warrior Regiment

T. Shane Tomko enlisted in the Marine Corps in early 1983. He served as a fireteam leader, squad leader, section leader and platoon sergeant, globally deployed through the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was commissioned via the MECEP program in 1992 and was trained as an infantry officer and assigned to 2d Battalion, 2d Marines, where he commanded rifle, weapons and 81mm mortar platoons, served as a rifle company executive officer and commanding officer, and as an H&S Company Commander. He deployed three times, once to the Mediterranean with the Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), once to Okinawa on Unit Deployment Program, and with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) to Haiti.

Tomko's subsequent tours include Weapons Platoon Commander and Staff Platoon Commander, The Basic School, and as Commanding Officer, Enlisted Instructor Company, Instructor Battalion, The Basic School. He then served as the S-3 Alpha for 6th Marine Regiment, and then commanded Kilo Company, 3d Battalion, 6th Marines, the first battalion into OEF after 9/11. He also served as the operations officer, and then moved on to 2d Reconnaissance Battalion to serve as the executive officer. Tomko served as the commanding officer of Recruiting Station Portsmouth, NH, responsible for all enlisted and officer recruiting in New England and attaining Superior Achiever. He then served as the Lead Planner and J3 for General McChrystal and Admiral McRaven of Joint Special Operations Command. Tomko then served as the Inspector Instructor for 3d Battalion, 24th Marines, the last USMC infantry battalion in Iraq. Tomko then served as the Inspector General, 3d Marine Division and within the G3. His most recent tour, he was the G3 for 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune.

Tomko is a graduate of the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School (2000), Marine Corps Command and Staff College (2006-2007), and the Naval War College (2011-2012). He holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science with minors in History and Spanish from the University of Missouri (1992), a master's degree with distinction in Military Science and Strategic Studies from Marine Corps University (2007), and a second master’s degree with distinction in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College (2012).

His personal decorations include the Joint Meritorious Service Medal (with two devices), the Meritorious Service Medal (with four stars), the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with two stars), the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with four stars), the Combat Action Ribbon, and the Good Conduct Medal (with two stars). He is married to the former Elizabeth “Liza” South, of Lambertville, New Jersey. The Tomko's have three children.