Lt. Col. Katherine I. Polevitzky was commissioned in 1994 as a communications officer and initially served with Alpha Company, 8th Communications Battalion, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., in November 1995. During this assignment, she served as Alpha Company’s Wire Platoon commander, operations officer and executive officer. During her tour with Alpha Company, she deployed in support of Operation Joint Guard, working in the U.S. European Command’s Joint Command, Control and Communications section. Following this deployment, she assumed command of the battalion’s Support Company in March 1998.
Transferred to 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, headquartered in Okinawa, Japan, in August 1998, Polevitzky took over as the assistant communications officer and Bravo Command Group communications officer. During this assignment she participated in Operations Desert Fox, Sudden Storm and Anvil II while on deployment to Kuwait. Upon her return, she transferred to U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va.
In July 1999, Polevitzky served as the executive assistant/aide-de-camp to the communications department for U.S. Joint Forces Command. Following that assignment, she was assigned to the department’s current operations branch and participated in Joint Task Force - Civil Support and Joint Task Force - Inaugural in support of the 2000 presidential inauguration.
After completing the Command and Control Systems Course at the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Va., she reported to Manpower Management Enlisted Assignments department of Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Headquarters Marine Corps, in May 2002. She assumed the duties of systems support section head and enlisted staffing goal model manager.
Polevitzky reported to 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, at Camp Pendleton, Calif., in August 2005 to serve as the communications officer. In June 2006, Polevitzky took command of the regiment’s Communications Company, Headquarters Battalion.
Deploying in to Iraq in June 2007, Polevitzky was assigned as the executive officer to the commanding general of Civilian Police Assistance Training Team, Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq. Returning from deployment in June 2008, she reported to Command and Staff College, Marine Corps University.
Upon graduation, Polevitzky reported to Marine Forces Pacific’s Policy and International Affairs Section as the Oceania desk officer in July 2009. Volunteering for Operation Enduring Freedom in January 2010, she joined I Marine Expeditionary Force in Afghanistan as a plans officer and was the lead plans officer for election support, counternarcotics and countercorruption.
Polevitzky returned to Marine Forces Pacific in May 2011 as the information assurance manager and cyber defense branch head, where she assisted and advised the command on information assurance policy and cyber network defense matters.
Following this tour, Polevitzky reported to U.S. Marine Forces Cyber Command as the current operations officer responsible for Command Operations Center in May 2012. During this tour, she was selected for command and assumed her present duties as Support Battalion’s commanding officer on June 14, 2013.
Polevitzky graduated with honors from Sweet Briar College with a bachelor’s degrees in English and government. She earned a master’s degree business administration from Boston University and a master’s degree in military studies from Marine Corps University.
Polevitzky’s personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Joint Service Achievement Medals and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.