CPT Emily Spencer is from Henderson, NC. She received her commission through the ROTC program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in August 2005 after receiving a Bachelors of Science in Psychology.
Emily joined the NC National Guard in February 2002 and served as an administration specialist after completing Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, SC. She was discharged from the National Guard upon receiving her Active Duty commission in 2005. She attended the Ordnance Officer’s Basic Course and upon completion, CPT Spencer was selected to attend Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) school. She attended Phase I at Redstone Arsenal, AL and completed Phase II in February 2007 at Eglin Air Force Base, FL.
CPT Spencer reported to 62d Ordnance Company (EOD), Fort Carson, CO where she served as an EOD Platoon Leader. She deployed with her unit in 2007 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) to Baghdad, Iraq where her platoon executed over 200 combat EOD missions. After returning to Colorado in January 2009 she served as the Assistant Battalion Plans Officer before departing for the Captain’s Career Course the following year. After graduating the Career Course she commanded the 55th Ordnance Company (EOD) at Fort Belvoir, VA. During her time as Company Commander, her unit was selected to showcase EOD equipment and capabilities for the first House of Representatives EOD Caucus, co-chaired by Congressman Rick Crawford (AR) and Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA).
CPT Spencer earned a Master’s in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2011. Following her command assignment, CPT Spencer attended George Mason University in Fairfax, VA earning a Master’s in Applied Developmental Psychology. She completed an internship in the Military Families Projects Division of ZERO TO THREE, a national non-profit organization in Washington, DC aimed at promoting the health and welfare of young children from birth to age three. Her research interests include pre-school classroom quality and socio-emotional knowledge as well as family support for military families.
Her military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (1 Campaign Star),Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge, and Senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge.
She is married to MAJ John Spencer and they currently have two kids.