Originally from Bloomington, Indiana, Sergeant Major Kitashima enlisted in the Marine Corps in May 1996. Following initial training, she was assigned the military occupational specialty of 5811 and reported to Military Police School in Fort McClellan, Alabama.
Sergeant Major Kitashima has served as a Military Police Officer at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar; two tours as a Marine Combat Instructor at School of Infantry East and School of Infantry West; Operations Chief for Combat Logistics Battalion 22, First Sergeant for Combat Service Support Company, Headquarters and Service Company, Basic Officer Course 4-13 (Company D), and Warfighting Instructor Company at The Basic School. As a sergeant major, she has served as the senior enlisted leader for Marine Air Control Squadron 4, 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, and concurrently for 2D Marine Expeditionary Brigade, II Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group and Marine Corps Installations Pacific. She currently serves as the 2d Marine Aircraft Wing Sergeant Major.
Sergeant Major Kitashima's deployment and operational experience includes: Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, a deployment with the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Operation Unified Response-Haiti. She possesses an Associate of Science Degree and her personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with three gold stars in lieu of forth award, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two stars in lieu of third award, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two stars in lieu of third award.