Lieutenant Colonel Austine L. Rawllins enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in October of 1994.
During her enlistment, she served as a combat videographer in the division and the wing and was meritoriously promoted to corporal and sergeant. Sergeant Rawllins left active duty in 1998 and returned to the University of Florida to complete her studies.
After graduating with honors in May of 2000, Candidate Rawllins graduated Officer’s Candidate School that summer. Second Lieutenant Rawllins completed The Basic School in 2001, then went on to attend Logistics Officer School at Camp Johnson, in North Carolina. Upon completion of Logistics School, Second Lieutenant Rawllins reported to 8th Communication Battalion, Camp Lejeune, NC.
At 8th Comm, she served as the battalion’s Maintenance Management Officer and the Motor Transport platoon commander. She was also dual-hatted as the Service Company Operations Officer, and served as the Service Company Commander.
After her transfer to the reserves in 2005, Captain Rawllins was mobilized to deploy with II Marine Expeditionary Forward (Fwd) and served as the II MEF (Fwd) G-4 Operations Officer in Kuwait. Captain Rawllins then transferred to Fallujah to serve as the G-4 Assistant Plans Officer where she was responsible for developing the MEF concepts of logistical support and coordinating the Marine logistical efforts to support the Iraqi referendum and the first Iraqi election.
Captain Rawllins demobilized in April 2006 when she founded Inteligys—a futures research firm—based in Durham, NC and completed her master’s degree in Strategic Intelligence.
In 2008, Captain Rawllins joined the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command (JECC), Joint Forces Command. As a Land Operations Officer and Joint Sustainment Planner, she deployed to Bahrain, Qatar, Pakistan, Italy, El Salvador, and Germany on numerous occasions in support of global operational requirements. She was promoted to Major in December of 2010 while supporting flood relief in Pakistan.
In 2013, Major Rawllins was assigned to the G-4 Marine Forces Europe and Africa where she served as the G-4 Operations Officer and the lead logistics planner in support of training and contingency operations throughout Europe and Africa. During her tenure, Major Rawllins completed Marine Corps Command and Staff, was selected for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel and slated for command of MWSS-472.
Her personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal with gold star, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation with gold star, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
She is also the founder of PROJECT2031 – a non-profit platform for mobilizing Christian women around justice issues.