Rear Adm. Linda Wackerman is a native of Key Biscayne, Florida. She is a graduate from Metropolitan State College in Denver with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Science, Master of Arts with Pennsylvania State University in Homeland Security and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI alumni. She was designated a naval aviator in October 1987.|
Her active duty tours include Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC) 3, the Fleet Replacement Squadron; and fleet tour assignment with HC-11, Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island, California flying the H-46D and deployed to Western Pacific. Wackerman was assigned to shore duty with Training Squadron 6 and the Instructor Training Unit, NAS Whiting Field, Florida instructing flight training in the T-34C Mentor. Her full time support officer duty assignments were both at NAS Joint Reserve Base (JRB) Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, as the assistant reserve program director for 2,300 reservists flying the UC-12B; and Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 52, flying the C-9B/DC-9 providing world-wide fleet logistics support.
Wackerman became a selected Reservist (SELRES) with VR-52 in June 1999 where she became the commanding officer of VR-52 and mobilized for the Global War on Terror. Subsequent SELRES tours include training officer of Navy Reserve Capabilities Assessment Unit, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N8) in the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. She served as the commanding officer for Navy Reserve (NR), Commander, Navy Region Mid Atlantic, Region Operations Center in Norfolk. She then served as commanding officer, Navy Reserve, chief of Naval Operations, 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 commander for the NEPLO Program at commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC). She then served as the commander, NR CNIC NEPLO leading the NEPLO Program; and chief of staff for the Washington Navy Yard Shooting.
Her flag assignments include Reserve deputy director, Assessment Division, OPNAV N81 and deputy, Naval Inspector General. She is currently assigned deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet.
Wackerman’s personal military decorations include the Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards). She was selected as 2005 Federal Women and 1995 NAS JRB Willow Grove Women of the Year. Wackerman has accumulated over 5,400 flight hours in numerous naval aircraft.