LtCol Chestnut enlisted in the United States Marine Corps October 22, 1990. Following recruit training; she served as fiscal clerk with 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Force Service Support Group (FSSG), Camp Hanson, and Okinawa, Japan. In April 1992 she reported to 1st Supply Battalion, 1st FSSG and reported to the Training Allowance Pool (TAP) where she served as the Issue and Receiving Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) for two years. She was accepted to the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) program in 1994 and subsequently received her commission through the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) in December 1998.
Her first tour as a commissioned officer was as the Reparable Issue Point (RIP) Officer for then Combat Service Support Group-1 (CSSG-1), 1st FSSG in 29 Palms, CA. While with this command she deployed to Iraq for Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom and served as Company Commander, Material Readiness Company, CSSB-10 during the deployment. Upon her return from deployment she resumed her role as the RIP OIC for another six months and was subsequently assigned as the Company Commander, Support Company and the Organic Supply Officer; billets she held simultaneously. She participated in Combined Arms Exercise (CAX) 5/6-2004 as the LCE Supply Officer.
In July 2004 she attended the Naval Postgraduate School, in Monterey, CA and graduated September 2006. For her payback tour she served as the MarineNet Officer with the now titled College of Distance Education (CDE), TECOM in Quantico, VA until June 2009. Prior to her transfer she attended the Advanced Logistics Operations Course in Quantico, VA.
She then PCS’d to Okinawa, Japan and was assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division as the 3rd Marine Division Supply Officer until July 2011. While at 3rd Marine Division she served as the Logistic Operations Center (LOC) OIC for several exercises, including Key Resolve and Yamasukura. While assigned to 3rd Marine Division she deployed to Iraq on an Individual Augmentee (IA) billet as the Deputy Director of Operations for Iraq Training and Advisory Mission-Ministry of Interior (ITAM-MOI). In August of 2011, she reported to Command and Staff College in Quantico, VA and graduated in June 2012.
In July 2012 she reported to 2d Supply Battalion, CLR-25, 2d MLG in Camp Lejeune, NC and was assigned as the Operations Officer. While assigned to 2d Supply Battalion she deployed to Afghanistan with II MEF(FWD) as the C-4 Sustainment OIC. Upon her return from Afghanistan, in August 2013, she was assigned as the Executive Officer of 2d Supply Battalion until May 2015. She then PCA’d to Combat Logistics Regiment (CLR) 25 and served as the Regimental Executive Officer until May 2016.
LtCol Chestnut was born in Pensacola, FL but raised in Dallas, TX. She has one sister, two brothers, three nieces and one nephew who all currently reside in Dallas, TX. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Clark Atlanta University, a Master of Science degree in Information Technology Management from the Naval Post Graduate School, and a Master of Science degree in Military Studies from Command and Staff College. In her off duty time she serves on the board of directors of the National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) as the National Secretary. Her personal decorations include four Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals and one Navy Achievement Medal.