Colonel J. Bryan Mullins was born and raised primarily in Bristol, Virginia, with short stays in Fort Knox, Kentucky; Enterprise, Alabama; and Fulda, Germany.
COL Mullins was commissioned as an Armor officer and served in armored and cavalry units for the first 22 years of his career, including the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, 1-77 AR Battalion in the 1st Infantry Division, 7-10 Cavalry Squadron and 1st Brigade of 4th Infantry Division, before wrapping up with a return to the 3rd ACR. Assignments included scout platoon leader, troop executive officer, squadron planner, battalion S-4 and assistant S-3, division maneuver planner, squadron and brigade S-3, squadron executive officer, and squadron commander. COL Mullins deployed to the Balkans twice, to Camp McGovern Bosnia and Camp Bondsteel Kosovo, and to Iraq three times, to Taji, southern Baghdad, and Al Kut in Wasit Province.
COL Mullins has more recently served as the executive officer for the Commander of the Combined Arms Center, returned to Kansas State University as a full time student, and acted as the J37 at USPACOM, where he supervised the exercise program for the command. COL Mullins joined the Capstone team in September 2019.
COL Mullins is a 1991 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy with a degree in History and Civil Engineering. He has an MMAS from the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth and a Masters in International Land Warfare from the American Military University. COL Mullins is associated with the Army Strategic Planning and Policy Program and received his PhD from Kansas State University in Security Studies in May 2020. His dissertation examines the evolution of Allied joint command and control at the theater level, with a special focus on the interaction between maneuver and logistics, from Operation Torch to Market Garden.
Colonel Mullins will be financially supported after retirement by his wife, Tracey, who is a veterinarian currently working in a clinic in Merrifield, Virginia. They have one daughter, Lindsey, who is rapidly approaching the day when she has to pick a college and profession.