Kate Schilling served in the Marine Corps for nearly five years, holding a variety of logistics jobs, with two Iraq deployments. During the 2007 surge she was a convoy commander and escort for explosive ordnance disposal missions. Kate’s convoys had the highest maneuver success rate in the battalion, meaning that her convoys suffered the fewest improvised explosive device (IED) strikes. Her second deployment, lasting most of 2008, was to Fallujah, where she worked with infantry units to strengthen police presence. She trained women to run checkpoints alongside men, and her work was featured in Time magazine and Marines Magazine. Between deployments, she created and ran the training program for her 500-person unit to prepare for their 2008 deployment. After the Marine Corps, Kate spent two years with the Red Cross in disaster services, responding to disasters across the United States.
Kate also worked for American Red Cross International Services, spending one month in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, delivering relief supplies and assisted with an emergency shelter plan. After leaving the Red Cross, she moved to the State Department, where she is a special assistant at the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. What she misses most about the Marine Corps is the people she worked with; once a Marine, always a Marine. She is pleased to see such a strong relationship between the State Department and the Marine Corps.