Lieutenant Colonel Jessica J. Karlin
4th Combat Engineer Battalion

Lieutenant Colonel Karlin was born on 19 June 1981 in Skokie, Illinois and raised in Johnsburg, IL. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from DePaul University in 2003. She was commissioned via the Officer Candidate Course program in August 2004.

After completion of The Basic School and Engineer Officers Course, she reported to Headquarters Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion (ESB), 2d Marine Logistics Group (MLG), Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in July 2005. She deployed to Iraq in September 2005 as a Special Staff Officer. She served as the Bosnian Herzegovina (BiH) Munitions Clearing Platoon Liaison Officer from September to November 2005. The BiH platoon re-deployed in November 2005 and 2ndLt Karlin was assigned to Support Company to serve as the Utilities Platoon Commander. Following the deployment, 2ndLt Karlin served as a Platoon Commander and Executive Officer for Charlie Company. In 2007, 1stLt Karlin deployed an individual augmented to II MEF (Fwd), serving as the Facilities and Basing Officer for G-4 Infrastructure. During the 13 month tour in Iraq, she was the Facilities Officer and later as the Base Realignment, Transition, and Closure Officer in support of the troop drawdown.

In March of 2008, 1stLt Karlin checked in to 4th Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, Parris Island, South Carolina. During her tour, she was promoted to Captain and served as a series commander, P Company Commander, Headquarters Company Commander and Operations Officer with 4th Recruit Training Battalion. Following Parris Island, Captain Karlin attended Army Engineer Captain Career Course, graduating with honors. She subsequently reported as the Inspector Instructor for Engineer Company A, 6th Engineer Support Battalion and later designated as Engineer Service Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 23 in Springfield, Oregon. During her tour, she also served as the Reserve Company Commander.

In July 2014, Major Karlin reported to 2d MAW and served as the Aviation Ground Support Division’s Operations Officer. In August 2015, she joined MWSS-274 as the Operations Officer. During her tour at MWSS-274, the unit participate in Integrated Training Exercise/Large Scale Exercise 2015, Weapons Tactics Instructor Support Exercise 3-16, and Marine Week Nashville in 2016. In March 2017, Major Karlin went TAD to HQMC, serving as the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps Task Force Secretariat in response to Marines United. Following Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 2018, Major Karlin served as Aide to Camp to the Director of Marine Corps Staff. She assumed her current duties as a Legislative Liaison for the Office of Legislative Affairs in January 2020.

Lieutenant Colonel Karlin holds a Master of Project Management from Western Carolina University and a Master of Military Studies from Marine Corps University. Her personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with (3) Gold Stars and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.