Colonel Koltick enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1994 and reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island for recruit training. After graduation he was assigned as a motor vehicle operator to Truck Company, 4th Marine Division, in Ebensburg, PA. He attended Officer Candidate School under the Platoon Leaders Class program in 1995 and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduation and commissioning as a Second Lieutenant, he completed The Basic School for Marine officers and was subsequently assigned to flight training.
He completed flight training at NAS Pensacola, FL, Vance AFB in Enid, OK, and NAS Corpus Christi TX, and was winged as a Naval Aviator in June 1999. He reported to VMGRT-253 at MCAS Cherry Point NC, and after attending the C-130 initial copilot qualification course at Little Rock AFB, AK he completed KC-130 Fleet Replacement training.
During his first fleet assignment with VMGR-252, Captain Koltick served as the Adjutant, the Airframes Division Officer, and the Aviation Safety Officer. He had four combat deployments during this tour, beginning with deployments to Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in 2001 and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in 2003. In January 2004 he was assigned to be the Senior Operations Watch Officer at Headquarters, Combined Joint Task Force-7 (later Multi-National Force-Iraq) in Baghdad, Iraq. He returned to VMGR-252 where he served as the Aircrew Training Officer and transitioned to the KC-130J, completing one additional deployment to Iraq.
In February 2006 Major Koltick was assigned to NATO’s Land Component Command in Madrid, Spain as the Land Plans Officer in the Training and Exercise Division. During this tour, he planned and executed several national and NATO-wide training exercises to certify NATO units for readiness and deployment, and earned certification as a NATO Combat Readiness Evaluator.
In February 2009 he was assigned to VMGR-252 as the Director of Safety and Standardization. Later that year, he deployed to Iraq to join MAG-26 as the Future Operations and Plans Officer. In March 2010 he returned to VMGR-252 as the Operations Officer. In January 2011 he deployed as the Officer in Charge of VMGR-252 DET B to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Redeploying in August 2011, he was assigned to 2d Marine Aircraft Wing as the Fixed Wing Plans Officer in the Future Operations Section of the G-3.
In May 2012 he was transferred to Headquarters Marine Corps, Aviation Department, as the Aircrew Program Manager. In July 2013 Lieutenant Colonel Koltick reported to MAG-14 where he served as the Executive Officer and the Personnel Support Detachment Commander. He assumed command of VMGR-252 in March 2014 and relinquished command in October 2015. During his command tour VMGR-252 was recognized with several awards: the Commandant’s Trophy as the Marine Squadron of the year; the Henry Wildfang award as the Marine KC-130 squadron of the year; and the Secretary of the Navy’s Safety Excellence Award in both 2014 and 2015.
Following command, he attended the Joint and Combined Warfighting School in Norfolk, VA, and in 2016 was named as the Naval History and Heritage Command’s recipient of the Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison Scholarship. In August 2016 he was posted as the Commandant of the Marine Corps Academic Fellow to the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC earning a Master of International Public Policy Degree concentrating in Strategic Studies.
From 2017 to 2019, LtCol Koltick was assigned to US Marine Corps Forces Korea where he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff G5 (Plans and Policy), the Deputy Commander, where he oversaw the transition of the command from US Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul to US Army Garrison Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, and then finished his tour as the Assistant Chief of Staff G3 (Operations).
Colonel Koltick is a European Regional Affairs Officer (RAO) and a Joint Qualified Officer (JQO).
He is rated as a KC-130J aircraft commander with over 3,600 hours of military flight time including 2,600 hours of pilot time in C-130E and KC-130 F/R/T/J models. His decorations include the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, the Air Medal with 12 strike flight awards, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one gold star, and numerous campaign and unit awards.