Major Polston was born in California and raised in Virginia. She enlisted in the Marine Corps in May 2002. Upon graduation from boot camp and Marine Combat Training, she attended Aviation Electrician “A” and “C” school. She was subsequently assigned to MALS-24 as an avionics technician and meritoriously promoted to Corporal in the same tour. While enlisted, she also served in several countries as a Marine Security Guard, Assistant Detachment Commander, and Marine Security Guard Instructor, finishing her tour as a meritoriously promoted Staff Sergeant.
Staff Sergeant Polston graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics in May 2008 while continuing to serve on active duty as the MALS -39 SNCOIC for work center 690. After being selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program (ECP), she commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in August 2009 and reported to The Basic School.
In June 2010, she reported to VMFA-314 as the Material Control Officer, Maintenance Administration Officer, Tool Control Officer, and GSE Officer. In March 2011, 2ndLt Polston deployed with VMFA-314 to support MAG-12 on a Unit Deployment Program (UDP) that included several multi-national exercises throughout Australia and Southeast Asia. After departing VMFA-314, she served as the interim Airframes Division Officer for MALS-11. During this time, she was assigned as the Production Control Officer at MAWTS-1 for WTI 2-12.
In June 2012, 1stLt Polston reported to VMFA-323 as the Maintenance Material Control Officer (MMCO). During her time there she participated in several multi-national and national training exercises, including RIMPAC. She deployed to 5th and 7th Fleet AOR in March 2013, where she served as the MMCO on the USS NIMITZ (CVN-68). While on the USS NIMITZ (CVN-68), she supported combat operations for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and contingency operations in the Red Sea.
Upon returning from deployment in December 2013, Captain Polston was selected for the Marine Corps’ Secondary Education Program (SEP), Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) track at the United States Naval Academy (USNA) as part of the Commandant’s Career-Level Education Board. In May 2015, she earned a Master of Arts in Leadership Education and Development from The George Washington University. During her time at the Naval Academy, she was the 8th Company Officer, Leadership Instructor, Marine Mentor, and a voting board member of the 2017 Marine Service Assignment Board.
In March 2017, Captain Polston was selected for the Personnel Exchange Program as the first Aircraft Maintenance Officer to serve at the Aerosystems Engineer and Management Training School located at RAF Cosford. As an Engineer Officer Foundation Training (EOFT) Course Officer and instructor, she delivered instruction on airworthiness engineering principles to junior Royal Air Force Engineer Officers and assisted in curriculum development. Following her tour as an Exchange Officer, she was accepted to attend the United States Army Command and General Staff College in June 2019. Major Polston returned to MAG-11 in July 2020 to serve as the VMFAT-101 Aircraft Maintenance Officer.
Major Polston’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one gold star, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.