United States Marine Corps
LtCol Batson is a native of Fairfield, CA. In 1999, she was commissioned after graduating from Pepperdine University with a B.A. in History. In 2000, she graduated from The Basic School in Quantico, VA, and subsequently attended the Public Affairs Officer (PAO) Course at Fort Meade, MD. In Oct 2000, she was assigned to the 1st Marine Division as the Assistant PAO.
In Oct 2001, she was assigned as the PAO for the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), where she conducted three deployments: one in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (Horn of Africa) and Operation STABILISE (East Timor), and two combat deployments to Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
In Jan 2006, Capt Batson was assigned as the PAO for Marine Corps Installations West, and led the I Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF)/MCB Camp Pendleton Consolidated Public Affairs Office. In Jul 2008, Capt Batson graduated from San Diego State University with an M.A. in Communication, and earned her civilian Accreditation in Public Relations (APR).
Capt Batson was then assigned to the Division of Public Affairs, HQMC, where she served in the Strategic Communication Secretariat and then led the Plans Branch. In Jun 2012, Maj Batson graduated from Command and Staff College with a Masters in Military Studies. In Jun 2013, she graduated from the School of Advanced Warfighting with a Masters in Operational Studies.
In Jul 2013, Maj Batson deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (Afghanistan) as the speechwriter to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Commander. In Aug 2014, Maj Batson was assigned to the I MEF G-3/5 as a MAGTF Planner.
In Aug 2016, Maj Batson was assigned to the Office of Marine Corps Communication, HQMC, as the Force Development and Requirements Branch Head. In Jun 2019, LtCol Batson graduated from the Marine Corps War College with a Masters in Strategic Studies.