Elizabeth “Betsy” Summer Blee grew up all around the world as a daughter of a military family. Her father was a captain in the United States Navy and her mother was a housewife. Blee attended Saint Mary’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina and then the University of North Carolina at Greensboro [UNCG], where she graduated with a degree in Physical Education in 1975.
Blee joined the Marine Corps and reported to Women Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia in June 1975. At Quantico, she received her initial training with the Marine Corps Development and Education Command [former name of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command] and then served as platoon commander for a Woman Officer Class. In 1976 she received r ground supply training at Montford Point, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
From 1976-1979 she was stationed at Camp H.M. Smith in Hawaii. Blee served as the Assistant Battalion Supply Officer then as the Officer in Charge of the Officer’s Club and Bachelor Officer Quarters. In 1979, Blee transferred to Makiminato Service Area in Okinawa, Japan where she served as the Battalion Supply Officer. From 1980-1981 she was the station supply officer at the Marine Corps Air Station in El Toro, California.
Blee left active duty in 1981 and joined the Marine Corps Reserves. From 1983-1984 she served as the first woman to command a Marine Corps Reserve F4 Jet Squadron in El Toro, California. Blee retired in 1984 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
From 1980-1985 she attended Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri and earned a masters degree in Business Management. From 1981-2007, Blee worked in sales, training and leadership development at Pfizer ,Inc. In 2007 she became a consulting partner with the Ken Blanchard Companies. In 2011, Blee joined Bald Head Island Transportation where she worked as a ferry mate transitioning to relief master. Blee currently resides in Southport, North Carolina.