Captain Rebecca R. Carlson
United States Marine Corps
25th Company Officer
United States Naval Academy
Captain (Capt) Carlson was commissioned on 29 May 2012 through the United States Naval Academy (USNA). She graduated from USNA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography. After graduation, she temporarily served as an administrative assistant to the USNA Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Division, where she helped develop instructional material for instructors of the leadership and ethics courses (NL110/ NE203) as well as supported Midshipmen development during Plebe Summer training. In January 2013, she attended The Basic School (TBS) in Quantico, VA as a member of Bravo Company 2-13 and was awarded the “Gung Ho Award” for being voted the most motivated graduate by students and staff.
Following TBS, Capt Carlson was assigned as the Adjutant for Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations East-Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, NC. She was directly responsible for the organization, performance, and development of the S-1 administration section. She was in charge of handling a large workload varying from personnel accountability to general correspondence, directives, awards, legal, serious incident/personnel casualty reporting, postal and protocol. She was the principal advisor to the Commanding Officer on all administrative matters within Headquarters and Support Battalion – the second largest battalion in the Marine Corps consisting of over 5,300 total Marines, Sailors, and civilians.
In January 2014, she attended the Personnel Administration School Adjutant Course 1-14 aboard Camp Johnson, NC and graduated as the Honor Graduate. In August 2014, Capt Carlson graduated from the Legal Officer Course in Norfolk, VA (with Honors) and then returned to resume her duties at Headquarters and Support Battalion.
In October 2015, Capt Carlson was contacted by the monitor to fill an operationally critical billet with Combat Logistics Battalion 2 (CLB-2), Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2d Marine Logistics Group. She immediately received PCA orders to serve as the Adjutant/Manpower Officer for CLB-2, where she was in charge of manpower resources to ensure the command was appropriately staffed. She was responsible for the manning document, overall administration, and the accountability of 465 personnel deployed in support of battalion level Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) 1-16, in Twenty-Nine Palms, CA. Post ITX, Capt Carlson oversaw the manning and completion of all administrative pre-deployment training requirements for 368 total personnel. She deployed from April 2016 to January 2017 as part of the Logistics Combat Element with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa (SPMAGTF-CR-AF) 16.1/16.2. On deployment, she tracked personnel movements and accountability spread across the globe in several countries. Additionally, she managed the Government Travel Charge Card Program, visa and passport requirements, NATO orders, and actions within the Defense Travel System. She coordinated with US and foreign embassies in order to process visas critical for Theater Security Cooperation Team missions in direct support of SPMAGTF-CR-AF.
While deployed, Capt Carlson was selected for the highly competitive USNA LEAD Program. In April 2017, she reported to USNA as a member of the 2018 LEAD cohort and additionally served as the USNA Marine Detachment Adjutant and Navy Women’s Soccer Officer Representative. In May 2018, Capt Carlson graduated from the LEAD Program, earning a Master of Arts degree in Leadership Education and Development from The George Washington University and currently serves as the 25th Company Officer at USNA.
Capt Carlson’s personal awards and decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, as well as multiple unit and service awards.