Louise Currie Wilmot

Rear Admiral Louise Currie Wilmot (born December 31, 1942) is a retired United States Navy officer who was the first woman to command a United States Naval base. When she retired after 30 years of service, she was the highest ranking female naval officer in the United States.

Louise Currie Wilmot
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Rear Admiral Louise Currie Wilmot
Born (1942-12-31) December 31, 1942 (age 77)
Wayne, New Jersey
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1964–1994
RankRear Admiral
Commands heldPhiladelphia Naval Base
Naval Training Center Orlando
Navy Recruiting Area Five, Great Lakes
Navy Recruiting District, Omaha
AwardsNavy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (4)
Meritorious Service Medal
Joint Services Commendation Medal
Other workDeputy Executive Director, Catholic Relief Services

Early lifeEdit

Raised in Wayne, New Jersey, Wilmot attended Wayne Valley High School and earned a degree in history from the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morris Township, New Jersey in 1964.[1]

Navy careerEdit

  • Commanding Officer, Navy Recruiting District, Omaha (1979–)
  • Commander of the Navy Recruiting Area Five in Great Lakes, Michigan (1985–)
  • Executive Assistant and Naval Aide to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs
  • Vice Chief of Naval Education and Training in Pensacola, Florida
  • Commander of the Naval Training Center in Orlando, Florida (1989–)
  • Commanding Officer, Naval Base Philadelphia (1993–1994)

Wilmot retired in 1994. She was the highest ranking female Naval officer at that time.

Awards and decorationsEdit

Wilmot's decorations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (with three gold stars), the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Joint Services Commendation Medal.


Wilmot earned a master's degree from George Washington University in 1978 and was recognized with the GW Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1994.

Post-navy careerEdit

Following retirement Wilmot joined Catholic Relief Services as deputy executive director of public outreach.

Wilmot's personal papers are kept by the Special Collections and Archives Department of the United States Naval Academy.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Louise C. Wilmot Papers, 1918–1999 (bulk 1964–1997): Finding Aid, United States Naval Academy, October 2010. Accessed February 27, 2018. "Louise Currie Wilmot was born on December 31, 1942 in Wayne, New Jersey to Woodrow and Dorothy Currie. After completing high school, Wilmot attended the College of Saint Elizabeth, graduating in June 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts in History."
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-21. Retrieved 2011-08-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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