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Naval Special Warfare Group 1, which mans, trains and equips West Coast-based SEAL Teams, is comprised of SEAL Teams 1, 3, 5, and 7 as well as Logistics Support Unit 1 and TCC-1. Blakistone has served in her role since 2020 and her command supports SEAL Teams, other special operations forces, and conventional forces worldwide by providing tactical communications in all environments and levels of conflict.
“We are the voice of the nation’s most elite warfighters,” said Blakistone. “I am privileged to be in a position overseeing Sailors operating at the forefront of technology to maintain an edge over our adversaries.”
She described what makes her successful in her role at NSW.
“I think I bring a different perspective,” said Blakistone. “Not just as a woman, but also serving in the fleet aboard ships with my background, I believe, has made me hugely valuable to not only the Naval Special Warfare enterprise but also to my Sailors and the team at TCC-1.”
Rear Adm. H.W. Howard, commander, Naval Special Warfare Command, said diverse backgrounds like Blakistone’s are what give NSW teams a competitive edge.
“NSW values diversity,” said Howard. “We simply cannot accomplish the mission without diversity of roles, responsibilities, backgrounds and perspectives. Blythe’s innate ability to lead, along with her unique background and expertise are just one example of how diversity gives our teams the ability to fight and win when it matters most.”
Blakistone is a native of Bremerton, Wash., and is a 2002 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering. Upon commissioning, she served 11 years as a surface warfare officer where she led Sailors operating some of the most advanced warships in the world.
“A lot of my experiences as a Midshipman [at the United States Naval Academy] really influenced my approach to leadership,” said Blakistone. "I was able to observe a lot of styles of leadership, and I took the points that resonated most with me as I went into the fleet as a young [surface warfare officer].”