Chief Warrant Officer Five John L. Zabler is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia. He entered the Army on active duty in August of 2000. He attended basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, followed by Advanced Individual Training at Fort Eustis, Virginia, where he was trained as an 88L, Watercraft Engineer. He was accessed into the Warrant Officer Corps in September of 2005 and earned the MOS of 881A, Marine Engineering Officer.
His military education and training includes the Warrant Officer Senior Service Education Course, Warrant Officer Intermediate Level Education Course, the Marine Engineering Officer A2 Certification Course, Common Faculty Development - Developers Course, and Training Development Capability Course.
CW5 Zabler has served on five deployment tours in Kuwait and has had a number of diverse assignments across the Transportation and Sustainment community. Some of his notable assignments include: Detachment Commander/Chief Engineer, 168th Transportation Detachment LSV-3, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI; Chief Engineer, 163rd Transportation Detachment LSV-4, JBPHH, HI; Vessel Support Office OIC, 545th Harbormaster Detachment, Kuwait Naval Base, Kuwait; Battle Captain, Logistics Task Force-10, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; Third Engineer, 73rd Transportation Company LT-805, Joint Base Langley Eustis, VA; Chief Engineer, 73rd Transportation Company ST 913, JBLE, VA; Training Developer 881A Marine Engineering Officer CASCOM Fort Gregg-Adams, VA; Program Manager - Army Prepositioned Stocks Watercraft, Army Sustainment Command, Rock Island Arsenal, IL. and Brigade Maritime Maintenance Advisor, 7th TB(X), JBLE, VA.
CW5 Zabler’s awards include: Meritorious Service Medal with Silver Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with 1 Silver and 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with 1 Silver and 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Sea Duty Ribbon with three bronze stars, and Coast Guard Meritorious Team Award.
CW5 Zabler holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Troy University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from St. Leo University.