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Catching Up with the Knap Sisters of Fenwick

Margaret Knap '03

Chicagoans Sylvia Musselman (nee Knap) ’07 and her sister, Margaret ’03, are Friar alumnae and Naval Academy graduates. Sylvia graduated in December 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics, minoring in Russian language. She was selected to be a Naval Intelligence Officer and embarked on a five-month training session at the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center in Dam Neck, VA.

“Sylvia first served on the USS Arleigh Burke in Norfolk as their Electrical and Legal Officer from 2012-13,” her sister reports via email. “She was then stationed with her husband at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, working as a Student Services Officer from the middle of ’13 to mid-2014.” In 2014-15 she served as the Communications Officer on board the USS Benfold out of San Diego. “Her last tour was as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff for the Pacific Fleet's Naval Surface Force Commander out of Coronado, CA, where she completed her term of service at the end of ’16.” 

As for Margaret, “I graduated [USNA] Class of ’07 with a B.S. in political science and minor in Russian. After that, I went straight to Quantico, VA, for Marine Corps training.” From there she was selected to become a Supply Officer, so Margaret completed supply school in Jacksonville, NC, and arrived at her first duty station in the beginning of ’09 on the Japanese island of Okinawa in the East China Sea. As she reports:

“There I served as a Regimental Supply and Fiscal officer for two years until the end of 2010. I was then stationed at the Air Nation Guard Base in Mt. Clemens, MI, as Marine Wing Support Group 47's Supply and Fiscal Officer until my end of my required service in 2012. I took some time off to volunteer as a National Park and Forest Ranger as well as teach English in Russia and travel Europe until early 2014, when I went on Active Reserve duty on Camp Pendleton, CA. There I served as the Supply, Fiscal, Maintenance and Safety Officer for Wounded Warrior Battalion West in support of our wounded warriors.”

The elder sister stayed until September of 2015, when she went on to pursue various civilian endeavors in fields such as healthcare IT, real estate and solar energy.

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