Commander Margaret Wilson graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering. She was selected for the Voluntary Graduate Education Program and earned a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Maryland in December 1996
Following completion of flight school in 1998, CDR Wilson transferred to the H-60F/H Seahawk Fleet Replacement Squadron at NAS North Island, California. In August 1999, she reported to HS-15 “Red Lions”, based in Jacksonville, Florida, where she completed two deployments aboard the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
CDR Wilson graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Maryland in 2003. She reported to HX-21, where she served as the MH-60R Deputy Flight Test Director for Undersea Warfare. She also flew test flights in support of the MH-60S/HH-60H Air Ambulance mission and conducted dynamic interface testing to increase the number of helicopter landing spots on aircraft carriers.
She reported to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Commander, SIXTH Fleet in October 2005. She served as the West and Central Africa Strategy and Policy Officer, focused on improving maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea region.
In 2007, CDR Wilson reported as a department head to HS-6 in San Diego, California, where she served as the Safety and Standardization Officer, Administrative Officer, and Maintenance Officer. During her tour, she completed two deployments aboard the USS NIMITZ (CVN-68).
Following her department head tour, she transferred to U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany and served as a joint planning team lead for the Standing Joint Force Headquarters. In 2011, she led the humanitarian assistance effort for Operation ODYSSEY DAWN.
In August 2012 CDR Wilson joined Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron SEVEN (HSC-7), based in Norfolk, Virginia as the Executive Officer. CDR Wilson transitioned from the Executive Officer and became the first female Commanding Officer of HSC-7 November 23, 2013.
CDR Wilson has accumulated over 2,600 flight hours in over 35 different aircraft. Her awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and various unit, campaign and service awards.