A native of Newton Falls, Ohio, Master Chief Heap began her Naval service in January 1985. She completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Orlando, Florida and transferred to Great Lakes, Illinois to attend and graduate from Hospital Corps “A” School.
Master Chief Heap reported to Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune, NC for her first tour of duty. Her shore and overseas tours include: U.S. Naval Hospital, Rota, Spain; U.S. Naval Hospital, Guam; and Branch Medical Clinic, Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Arizona.
Master Chief Heap’s sea duty assignments include: 2d Force Service Support Group, Camp Lejeune, NC; II MEF Headquarters Group, Camp Lejeune; 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit, Camp Lejeune; and Marine Aircraft Group 26, Marine Corps Air Station, New River, NC. She has served as the Command Master Chief, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, NC and Command Master Chief, 2d Marine Logistics Group, Camp Lejeune. She’s participated in numerous exercises and operations to include deployments with the 22d MEU in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, the 2d Marine Aircraft Wing in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Al Asad, Iraq and the 2d Marine Logistics Group in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Al Taqaddum, Iraq. She is currently serving and assumed the duties as Command Master Chief, II Marine Expeditionary Force in June 2010.
Master Chief Heap is Enlisted Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist qualified and a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy. Her personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), the Combat Action Ribbon, and various unit and service awards.