Rear Adm. Linda R. Wackerman grew up in Key Biscayne, Florida. She is a graduate from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado, and was commissioned from Aviation Officer Candidate School in September 1986. She was designated a Naval Aviator in Oct. of 1987.
Her active duty tours include HC-3, the Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS); and first fleet tour assignment with HC-11, NASNI, California where she flew and instructed in the H-46D and deployed to WESTPAC. Wackerman was assigned to shore duty with VT-6 and the Instructor Training Unit, NAS Whiting Field, Florida, where she instructed flight training in the T-34C Mentor.
Full Time Support (FTS) officer duty includes Assistant Reserve Program director for 2,300 reservists where she flew and instructed in the UC-12B; and VR-52, where she flew and instructed in the C-9B/DC-9 both located at NAS JRB Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Wackerman became a Selected Reservist with VR-52 in June 1999. Wackerman served as commanding officer of VR-52 where the squadron was awarded Operational and Maintenance awards for performance; and she mobilized for eleven months in support of the Global War on Terror.
Subsequent tours include training officer of Navy Reserve Capabilities Assessment Unit (OPNAV N8) in the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. She served as commanding officer for Navy Reserve, commander, Navy Region Mid Atlantic, Region Operations Center (ROC) in Norfolk, Virginia; and Navy Reserve, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Operations and Planning N3/N5 unit in the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. She was assigned as Navy Emergency Preparedness liaison officer (NEPLO) for the state of Pennsylvania and Deputy Lead for the NEPLO Program at Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC). She served as the commander, NR CNIC NEPLO leading the NEPLO Program. She is currently assigned as Reserve Deputy Director, Assessment Division, OPNAV N81R. Also, since September 2016, she has been a Board Member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board, which serves as an independent advisor to Secretary of Defense on Reserve and National Guard matters.
Rear Admiral Wackerman’s personal military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2nd award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3rd award), the Military Volunteer Service Medal, Sharpshooter Pistol Ribbon, and various unit/campaign awards. She is a 757/767 International First Officer with American Airlines where she has accumulated over 5,400 military flight hours and 7,000 civilian flight hours.
(As of Sep 2016)