After attending the University of South Carolina on a three-year ROTC scholarship, Themistocles “Themie” Karavites spent six years as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, he went on to earn a number of active duty awards, including two Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals, a Navy Unit Commendation, a Meritorious Unit Commendation, and a Humanitarian Service Medal. Themie Karavites ultimately ascended to the rank of captain and supervised officer selection for candidates throughout central and southeastern Virginia.
Shortly before his honorable discharge in 1999, Themistocles Karavites accepted his current position with the U.S. Department of State. As a special agent with the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), he has been deployed overseas on five occasions, completing tours in military hot-spots such as Baghdad, Iraq, and Herat, Afghanistan. Themie Karavites has also served domestically as an investigator in the Washington Field Office and as a Basic Special Agent (BSAC) instructor at the Diplomatic Security Training Center.