COL (R) Karla Langland graduated from OCS in December 1986 (Class 5-86) where she was commissioned in Military Intelligence.
While on active duty, COL (R) Langland served in a number of positions including as a signals intelligence platoon leader in A Company, 533rd MI Battalion, including service during Operation Desert Storm; commander, HHSC, 14th MI Battalion; S2, 210th Field Artillery Brigade; intelligence watch officer with US Southern Command; and exercise plans officer with Eighth US Army.
Separating from active duty, she joined the Kansas Army National Guard where she served as the Analysis Control Element (ACE) Chief for the 35th Infantry Division and Multi-National Brigade North, Bosnia. Subsequently, she entered the US Army Reserves (USAR) where she served as commander, 343d Rear Operations Center (Korea) and instructor, Command and General Staff College. She retired from the USAR in June 2013.
Since 2009, COL (R) Langland has served as a Department of the Army civilian employee with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). She currently serves as the Workforce Development Team Lead responsible for managing training and development programs for Army civilian engineers and scientists.
COL (R) Langland’s military awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, multiple awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, and the parachutist badge. She is also the recipient of both the Field Artillery’s Order of Saint Barbara and the Military Intelligence Corps Association’s Knowlton Award. In addition, she was recognized as the Fort Hamilton, NY volunteer of the year in 2008; the HQ, USACE Employee of the Quarter in 2011; and the USACE Human Resources Specialist of the Year in 2015.
COL (R) Langland holds a B.A. degree in International Studies and Economics from American University and a M.A. degree in Human Resources Management (with honors) from Webster University.
COL (R) Langland is married to COL (R) Paul Cook who is a doctoral student at Temple University.