Lieutenant Colonel Katherine Spicer is a native of Detroit, Michigan. She was commissioned in August of 2002 after graduating from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in International Business and Marketing.
After completing The Basic School in 2003, Lieutenant Colonel Spicer attended Ground Supply Officers Course in Camp Johnson, North Carolina. She then became the supply officer for Marine Wing Support Squadron-374 in Twentynine Palms, California. During this tour, she deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2006, Lieutenant Colonel Spicer transferred to the Combined Arms Training Center in Camp Fuji, Japan where she served as the base logistics officer. While in Japan, Lieutenant Colonel Spicer was selected for the Marine Corps Funded Law program, and from 2007-2010 she attended Michigan State College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan. In 2010, she graduated with honors.
From 2010-2013, Lieutenant Colonel Spicer served with the Staff Judge Advocate Office, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. While assigned to Camp Lejeune, she worked as a legal assistance attorney. In January 2012, she was selected to serve as the Cultural Support Team Officer-in-Charge for Marine Forces Special Operations Command. The Cultural Support Team was the special operations forces’ version of the Marine Corps Female Engagement Team. In this capacity, Lieutenant Colonel Spicer deployed with 2d Marine Raider Battalion from September 2012 to May 2013 in support of Special Operations Task Force-West, Afghanistan.
In 2014, Lieutenant Colonel Spicer assumed responsibilities as the senior trial counsel for the Legal Services Support Section, National Capital Region, Quantico, Virginia and served in this billet until December 2015.
On January 4, 2016, Lieutenant Colonel Spicer assumed command of Delta Company, Officer Candidates School, Quantico, Virginia where she served as the first-ever female company commander to an all-male company.
In 2016, after fourteen years on active duty, Lieutenant Colonel Spicer transitioned to the Marine Corps Reserves and she was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in November, 2019. Prior to assuming command of MWSS-471, Lieutenant Colonel Spicer served as the Reserve Staff Judge Advocate for Marine Corps Base Quantico. As a civilian, Lieutenant Colonel Spicer is a litigator with the global law firm, Squire Patton Boggs, LLP. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and son.
Lieutenant Colonel Spicer is a graduate of Expeditionary Warfare School and Command and Staff College. She holds her LL.M. degree in military justice from The Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School. Her personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and Navy Achievement Medal (gold star in lieu of second award).