Rear Admiral Linda 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.
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.
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.