Major General Urrutia-Varhall was commissioned in 1984 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. She was nominated by the president to the senate for appointment to the grade of Major General in January of 2014.
Following her initial assignments at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., she was selected to participate in the Professional Military Graduate Intelligence Program in Washington, D.C. After completion, she was the first Air Force representative to the National Military Intelligence Center. Her service at the Pentagon included executive support duty to three Secretaries of Defense and as an international politico-military affairs officer on the Somalia Task Force.
The general has held command and staff positions in the wing, major command, headquarters and joint environments. In 1998, she was named to command the first Air Force Information Warfare Flight at 9th Air Force/Central Air Forces, Shaw AFB, S.C. She also deployed to Southwest Asia where she served as Chief, Analysis Division, and an operations officer for the Joint Intelligence Center at U.S. Central Command Headquarters Forward. She also served as the Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Senior Executive to the Director of National Intelligence. Prior to her current position, she served as Director of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (J2) at U.S. Southern Command in Florida.