A native of Palmyra, VA, LtCol Pullinger attended Hampden-Sydney College where he completed the PLC program and received a BA in Economics and Commerce. LtCol Pullinger also earned a Master of Military Studies from The Marine Corps University and a Master of Business Administration from UNC Chapel Hill.
Lieutenant Colonel Pullinger has served in multiple units to include Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 467 (HMLA-467), Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 (Rein) where he deployed on the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) support of Operation Enduring Freedom twice.
In April 2014, he reported to Bravo Company, 1st Marine Raider Battalion for duty and deployed to the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility in support of Special Operations Command Pacific missions. Following this deployment, he would attend Marine Corps University for Command and Staff College.
Following Command and Staff, Major Pullinger reported to Marine Aircraft Group 29 then to HMLA-167 for duties as squadron Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer and Aircraft Maintenance Officer. During his time at HMLA-167, Maj Pullinger oversaw the Maintenance Department’s successful transition to the AH-1Z as well as transitioning to the AH-1Z himself.
Leaving HMLA-167, Maj Pullinger reported to Headquarters, Marine Raider Support Group (MRSG) in May 2020 and then attached to 3d Marine Raider Support Battalion (MRSB) as the Special Operations Task Force (SOTF) 84 Air/Fires Officer and 3d MRSB Headquarters Company Commander where he deployed with SOTF-84 in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. Upon his return, Maj Pullinger detached from 3d MRSB and assumed the duties of MRSG Headquarters Company Commander in addition to resuming his role as Group Air/Fires Officer. He would assume the duties as Marine Forces Special Operations Command Air/Fires Officer.
LtCol Pullinger has combat deployments to Iraq/Syria and Afghanistan. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (1 strike/flight), and the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (combat “C”, 3 gold stars).