2021 Tillman Scholar

Kathleen Logan

George Washington University

“People appreciate authenticity. Don’t bore them with perfection.”

Kathleen Logan is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran who served as a mechanic and personal security detachment member during the surge into Baghdad with the 1st Infantry Division. During her deployment, she had a unique opportunity to showcase her writing and was pulled from the line to write informational reports about the deployment for the family readiness groups, but also eventually moved to host media and combat-camera content in the brigade headquarters to be broadcast around the world. As a lower-enlisted soldier, her work was published in numerous Department of Defense platforms earning her awards and recognition from across the area of operations.

Upon returning home she joined the Army Reserves as a public affairs specialist and then finished her military career in logistics with the Michigan National Guard. While pursuing her undergraduate education, Kate was an appointed member of the Oakland County Women’s Advisory Board, a non-partisan group that coordinated resources for at-risk populations of women, and was the founding president of two Student Veterans of America chapters.

In 2016 she was recognized as one of Oakland County’s “Elite 40 under 40”, and in 2018 she was elected as a councilwoman in her hometown in Michigan. Kate is pursuing a master’s degree in strategic public relations at the George Washington University and currently works as the strategic communications specialist for the United States Vietnam War Commemoration, under the office of the secretary of defense.