Colonel James Iulo was born in Connecticut and graduated Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He was commissioned through the Platoon Leaders Class Program in 1991. After graduating from The Basic School and Infantry Officer Course he reported to 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, where he served as a Rifle Platoon Commander, Weapons Platoon Commander, Company Executive Officer, and 81mm Mortar Platoon Commander. During this tour, he graduated from the Summer Mountain Leaders Course at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, California, and 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 his return from deployment, he served as the Assistant Operations Officer then Operations Officer for 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment.
In 1995, Col. Iulo was assigned to The Basic School at Marine Corps Base 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, MCB Quantico, Virginia; the following year Col. Iulo graduated with honors from the Amphibious Warfare School, MCB Quantico, Virginia.
In 1999, he reported to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, where he commanded Weapons Company. During this tour, he also attended MAWTS-1, Weapons Tactics Instructor Course. In 2001, Col. Iulo was assigned as the Assistant Current Operations Officer, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force.
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, MCB Quantico, Virginia, and received a Master’s Degree in Military Studies. Col. 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 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 from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, and received a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. Col. 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 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. Col. Iulo commanded 1st Marine Corps District, Garden City, New York from July 2014 to July 2017.
His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, 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.