Retired Chief Master Sgt. David R. Wohleben is from Sanborn, N.Y., where he attended Starpoint Central School, graduating in 1981. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and attended basic military training at Lackland AFB in Texas before receiving his first assignment with the 49th Component Repair Squadron at Holloman AFB, N.M., as an F-15 electronic warfare technician.
After completing his four-year active duty commitment, Wohleben returned home and joined the New York Air National Guard. He started his Guard career in 1985 supervising the F-4C Avionics Age section and advanced throughout the years to the position of human resource chief enlisted manager in early 2007. At that same time, he was also selected as the wing command chief of the 107th Airlift Wing where he reported directly to the wing commander on enlisted personnel issues, including professional military education, enlisted promotions, mentorship, morale, family, community relations and esprit de corps.
Wohleben holds a master’s degree in business administration with a major in management, an AAS in aircrew operations and an AAS in human resource management. His military awards include a Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal and Air Force Achievement Medal.
In 2015, Wohleben was elected to the Fourth Ward alderman seat on the City of Lockport Common Council, and was named mayor in August 2018 following the resignation of Mayor Anne McCaffrey. He is married to Mary Margaret, his wife of 29 years, who is a special education teacher in the Lockport City School District. They have two children; a daughter, Kendzie, who is a physical education and health teacher for the Manchester (N.H.) School District, and a son, Kelsey, who is a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army where he is a Black Hawk helicopter pilot.