Marjorie K. Eastman

Senior Fellow, The Policy Circle

Marjorie K. Eastman

Marjorie enlisted after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Her 10 years of post-9/11 military service include two combat deployments – one in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the other in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.


She is a mustang who received the rare honor of a direct commission. As an intelligence officer and commander, she led more than 100 soldiers in Afghanistan during the rough surge years. She was ranked the top military intelligence company commander in Eastern Afghanistan, awarded the Bronze Star, and received the Combat Action Badge.


Marjorie faced her toughest battle at home when your 6-month-old son was diagnosed with cancer – which he beat! That crucible led her to become a national independent award-winning author of The Frontline Generation: How We Served Post 9/11. She is recognized across the country for her advocacy work supporting the military family. Her professional path includes perspective and experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.


The Junior Chamber International USA named Marjorie as a recipient of the 2019 Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award. She is a former U.S. Senate candidate for the state of North Carolina, inspired to serve again after the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. Marjorie was lauded as a breath of fresh air, committed to restoring common sense and American leadership, with a focus on security, economy, and education.


She has her master’s degree in International Security from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and her MBA from Vanderbilt University. Marjorie is a military spouse and supported her husband’s distinguished military career in special operations and 17 combat tours. She lives in Cary, N.C., with her husband, Charles, their beloved son, Henk, and two shelter rescue pets.