Navy Biography

Rear Admiral Louise C. Wilmot

Retired 8/18/1994

Rear Admiral Louise C. Wilmot


Rear Admiral (ret) Louise C. Wilmot graduated from the College of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, New Jersey in June 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. She received her commission as an ensign in the United States Navy from Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island in August 1964.

Her first duty station was Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida where she was a Communications Watch Officer, Registered Publications Custodian, and the Women's Barracks Officer. She reported to the NATO Staff of Allied Forces, Southern Europe, Naples, Italy, in 1966 where she served in communications and training for two years.

Her next assignment was as an officer recruiter on the staff of Recruiting Area Seven in Dallas, Texas. Rear Admiral Wilmot recruited in New Mexico, Oklahoma, and northern Texas. Following her recruiting assignment, she went to Washington, D.C., as a naval senate liaison officer in the Office of Legislative Affairs. After three years at the U.S. Senate, Rear Admiral Wilmot was transferred to the Bureau of Naval Personnel to become the head of the Women's Equal Opportunity Branch where she served from 1974 until 1976.

Rear Admiral Wilmot graduated from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island in July 1977. She received her Master of Arts degree in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University in 1978. She served as the executive officer, Navy Recruiting District, Montgomery, Alabama from August 1977 until 1979. In October 1979, she assumed command of Navy Recruiting District, Omaha, Nebraska, where she served until July 1982. Rear Admiral Wilmot's next tour of duty was in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower, Installations, and Logistics in Washington, D.C., as the deputy director for Accession Policy.

In August 1985, Rear Admiral Wilmot became commander, Navy Recruiting Area Five, Great Lakes, Illinois, where she served for two years. After that assignment, Rear Admiral Wilmot assumed duties as executive assistant and naval aide to the assistant secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Washington, D.C. In May 1989, Rear Admiral Wilmot became commander, Naval Training Center, Orlando, Florida and was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral on January 1, 1991. After serving at Naval Training Center, Orlando for two years, she assumed the duties as vice chief of Naval. Education and Training, Pensacola, Florida, on June 24, 1991. She assumed command of the historic Naval Base Philadelphia on July 7, 1993 and served there until her change of command August 18, 1994 and beginning terminal leaver prior to retirement from naval service.

Her decorations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (with three gold stars), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Unit Commendation (with bronze star), the National Defense Service Medal (with bronze star) and the Recruiting Ribbon (with bronze star).


Updated: 12 August 2014