A native of Harrisburg, PA, Commander Weidner enlisted in the Navy in 1988. His enlisted tours included HSL-42 in Mayport, FL and Naval Air Technical Training Center in Millington, TN. As an Officer, Commander Weidner's tours included VP-10, VP-30, USS ENTERPRISE, VP-8, USSOUTHCOM, VP-45, and the Naval Leadership and Ethics Center. Commander Weidner served as Commanding Officer of VP-45. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and completed all three of his degrees while on active duty.