Colonel Linda Kotulan is a joint qualified senior operations research/system analysis officer (Functional Area 49).  She was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at Virginia Commonwealth University as a Chemical Officer in 1990.   

Her military education includes Army Chemical Officer Basic and Advance Courses, Command General Staff College and U.S. Army War College.    

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Auditing and Accounting (Virginia Commonwealth University); Masters in Business Administration; Masters in Operations Research (George Mason University) and Masters in Strategic Studies (US Army War College).     

Her last assignment was in the Army Office of Business Transformation where she managed Army projects to reduce the size of headquarters and incorporate best business practices into Army institutional processes.  The most recent effort was the 2014-2015 Army HQDA Comprehensive Review led by the Under Secretary of the Army which was focused on making HQDA more agile and effective while meeting the directed reductions in fiscal years 2015-2019.       

She has served in Army Program Analysis and Evaluation (PAED), Army Human Resources Command, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (NTM-A/CSTC-A), the Joint Staff and at the Center for Army Analysis.   

As a chemical officer she served as company commander and as a staff chemical officer in the 82nd Airborne Division Fort Bragg North Carolina; in Germany with service in Desert Shield/Desert Storm and at the U.S. Army Chemical School.   

Awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (OLC), Army Achievement Medal (OLC), Humanitarian Service Medal, Senior Parachutist Badge,  Joint Chief of Staff Identification Badge and Army Staff Identification Badge.