Colonel James Iulo was born in Danbury, Connecticut and attended the University of Connecticut graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 1991. He was commissioned in 1991 as an infantry officer and served initially with the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California as a Rifle Platoon Commander, Weapons Platoon Commander and Company Fire Support Team Leader and Company Executive Officer. While serving as a Rifle Platoon Commander, he graduated from the Summer Mountain Leaders Course at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, California. Later assigned as the 81mm Mortar Platoon Commander, he deployed with Battalion Landing Team 2/5 and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit taking part in Operation CONTINUE HOPE and QUICK DRAW in Somalia and Operation DISTANT RUNNER in Burundi. Upon return from deployment, he served as the Assistant Operations Officer then Operations Officer for the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment.
In 1995, Col. Iulo was assigned to The Basic School, Quantico, Virginia where he served as a Tactics Instructor, Staff Platoon Commander, and Company Executive Officer.
In 1997 he was assigned as the Aide de Camp, Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia; the following year Col. Iulo graduated with honors from the Amphibious Warfare School, Quantico, Virginia.
In 1999, he reported to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division where he commanded Weapons Company and deployed with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit on a Western Pacific Deployment in which he participated in humanitarian assistance operations in East Timor. During this tour he also attended MAWTS-1, Weapons Tactics Instructor Course in Yuma, Arizona and served as the Battalion Fire Support Coordinator.
In 2001, Col. Iulo was assigned as the Assistant Current Operations Officer, 1st Marine Division.
In 2002, Col. Iulo assumed the duties of Commanding Officer, Recruiting Station, Fort Worth Texas where he successfully attained mission for 36 months.
In 2005, he graduated with distinction from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, Virginia, and received a Master’s Degree in Military Studies.
Colonel Iulo assumed the duties of Future Operations Officer, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan from June 2006 to June 2007.
In 2007, Col. Iulo assumed command of the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment Inspector-Instructor Staff where he prepared and deployed the battalion for combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
In 2009, Col. Iulo deployed to Al Anbar Province, Iraq and assumed the duties of the Deputy Current Operations Officer, Multi-National Forces West in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
In 2010, Col. Iulo graduated with distinction for the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, and received a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. Colonel Iulo is also a recipient of the Naval War College’s James V. Forrestal Award for Excellence in Strategy and Force Planning.
Colonel Iulo assumed the duties of Operations and Plans Chief, J95 and then as the Chief, Current Operations Division, J33, U.S. Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany from July 2010 to July 2013.
From July 2013 to July 2014 Col. Iulo served as the AC/S G-3/5, Marine Forces Reserve, New Orleans, Louisiana.
His personal decorations include the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star in lieu of second award, the Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars in lieu of second and third awards, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.