Commander Blakeslee is a native of Marlton, New Jersey. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 1997, earning her commission and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History.
Her at-sea tours included Division Officer assignments as the Air Transportation Officer in USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) and Auxiliaries, Electrical, and Training Officer in USS STOUT (DDG 55). In February 2005, CDR Blakeslee reported to USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73) and served as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer. While in PORT ROYAL, CDR Blakeslee was selected for an Individual Augmentation to USNS STOCKHAM (T-AK 3017) as the Operations Officer of Expanded Maritime Interception Operations in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM- PHILIPPINES.
In May 2004, CDR Blakeslee earned a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Management from George Washington University as part of the Washington, DC Intern Program. LCDR Blakeslee’s internship entailed positions with the Joint Staff (J5) Afghanistan Desk, OPNAV Deep Blue, and the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs. Her additional tours ashore included assignments as the Deputy Executive Assistant for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (N3/N5) and as a Seamanship and Navigation Instructor at the United States Naval Academy. Her most recent assignment was as Executive Officer of USS THE SULLIVANS (DDG 68).
Her personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Commendation Medal (2); Navy Commendation Medal (4), Navy Achievement Medal (2) and various unit and campaign awards.