Meghan S. Curran
Class of 2005
Meghan's career in leadership began when she was a member of Chelmsford High School's Cross Country and Track & Field teams. As its captain, she led the women's Cross Country team to its first Eastern Mass Division 1 State Title in the school's history, finishing first individually (the first CHS state champion in women's history). Meghan was twice named to the Boston Herald and Boston Globe All Scholastic Teams in Cross Country, was a three- time Lowell Sun All-Star in Cross Country, and two-time Lowell Sun "Runner of the Year." Meghan was also a member of the National Honor Society.
Meghan continued her athletic dominance at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she ran both Cross Country and Track and was named the Patriot Conference "Rookie of the Year." She was also a seven time Patriot League All Conference selection, the Patriot League Champion in the 10k, a two time NCAA qualifier and Cross Country captain her senior year. Additionally, Meghan was selected twice for the All-Army Cross Country Team and once for the All-Army Marathon Team. She was the first woman in West Point history with a top 10 times in all distance events (1500m, mile, 3000m, 2 mile, 5000m, 10,000m) when she graduated.
After graduation from West Point in 2009, Meghan served as the first ever-female Platoon Leader at Fort Sill in Oklahoma, leading 30 personnel in preparation for national and international training exercises specializing in high commodity rocket and missile delivery system.
As the Executive Officer (2nd in command) of Artillery Battery, Meghan managed a 60-person rocket artillery unit preparing for rapid deployment to conduct security operations worldwide. She significantly increased efficiency of battery maintenance team by establishing a system for personnel cross training, which were later, incorporated into unit standard operating procedures. She was also selected above 12 peers by senior leaders to serve as lead company-level instructor for Fires Center of Excellence Training and Leadership Summit, attended by representatives from six ally nations.
Meghan was one of only 20 women selected from across the U.S. military to lead a team of female operators on vital missions supporting elite Special Operations Task Force. She directly contributed to area of operations and theatre-level intelligence picture by providing specialized capability to tactically question and negotiate with Afghan women; expertise led to the identification and exploitation of 30 pieces of enemy equipment and 35 known terrorists. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon chronicled Meghan’s pioneering role as a member of this elite group of female soldiers chosen for the special operations assignment rooting out insurgents in the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan in the book “Ashley’s War.”
Following her nine-month deployment, Meghan led over 100 personnel as an Operations Officer at the Fires Center for Excellence at Fort Sill. In this role, she managed over $300 million in equipment and facilities during sequestration period; improved the Unit Command Supply Discipline Program by turning in over $500,000.00 in outdated equipment and serving on post-wide Program and Budget Advisory Committee.
In 2014, Meghan won the Marine Corps marathon, and has now been selected to represent the United States Military in the World Military Games in Mungyeong, Korea in October 2015.
Meghan is also active in the Wounded Warrior Project and volunteers her time at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans. While not yet 30 years old, Meghan Curran is one of the most accomplished and selfless graduates of Chelmsford High School.