Lt. Col. Douglas K. Fullerton graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2001 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Aviation branch.
His operational assignments include: 1st Battalion 52nd Aviation Regiment, K16 Air Base, South Korea and Fort Wainwright, Alaska; Task Force 49 (predecessor to 16th Combat Aviation Brigade), Fort Wainwright, Alaska; Task Force Observe Detect Identify Neutralize (ODIN), Fort Hood, TX; 1st Battalion 337th Aviation Regiment, Fort Hood, TX; 166th Aviation Brigade, Fort Hood, TX. He served in leadership and staff positions from platoon leader to brigade executive officer.
His assignments outside the operational force include service as an exercise planner and lead aviation planner at Brigade Modernization Command, Fort Bliss, TX. He served as the Aviation planner and later the Chief of Future Operations (J35) at Joint Task Force North, Fort Bliss, TX.
His combat experience includes service as a brigade staff officer deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2007-2008), as a company commander deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (2010-2011), and as the aviation planner for Commander US Forces Afghanistan deployed in support of Operation Resolute Support (2016).
Fullerton earned a Bachelor of Science in Art, Philosophy, and Literature from the United States Military Academy (2001) and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a graduate of Flight School (2002), UH-60 Advanced Qualification Course (2003), Cold Weather Orientation Course (2006), Aviation Captain’s Career Course (2009), Command and General Staff College (2016), and Joint Forces Staff College, JPME II (2018).
His awards and badges include the Combat Action Badge, Aviator Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold), German Armed Forces Marksmanship Badge (Gold), Bronze Star Medal 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, and other medals and ribbons consistent with his service and experiences.