Doug is a native of Norfolk, Virginia, born the son of CAPT Don J and Lois F. Roulstone. He has two brothers: Capt D. Bruce Roulstone and CWO 3 John Keith Roulstone. The Roulstone family has served over 100 years of active service in the U.S. Navy.
Doug graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1972 with a BS in Oceanography and later earned a MS in Systems Technology from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1982. Additionally he is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and the Naval Nuclear Power School.
After graduation Doug served on the USS Albert David (DE 1050) and deployed to Viet Nam. He then attended flight training and earned his wings as a helicopter pilot in 1975. His first assignment was as a Search and Rescue pilot at NAS Whidbey Island where he met his future wife Bonnie. His next flying assignments were to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Twelve (HS-12) in San Diego, California and after graduate school to HS-6 in San Diego.
He was the Aide and Administrative Assistant to the Director of Navy Program Planning in the Pentagon for two years prior to selection for squadron command as the Executive Office and then Commanding Officer of HS-12 forward deployed in Yokosuka, Japan. He made extensive deployments to the western Pacific, Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm. He was a combat commander and pilot during Desert Storm, working with Navy Seals and Army Special Forces providing combat search and rescue (SAR) and special operations.
While serving in the Bureau of Naval Personnel, he was selected for the Naval Nuclear Power Program and subsequently served as the Executive Officer of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). He then commanded the USS Supply (AOE 6) and the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
Doug has over 3,500 flight hours and numerous personal awards including the Legion of Merit(3), Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal(3), Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (with V for Valor in Combat) and the Navy Achievement Medal. His commands were awarded five Battle Efficiency Awards (Battle E’s). He retired from the US Navy in 1999 and moved to Snohomish, WA with his wife Bonnie and two sons Whitney and Harrison.
Doug owned and operated three aerospace manufacturing companies with his brother-in-law Thom Kroon. Doug founded and recently sold Pilchuck Distributors of Monroe, WA specializing in the distribution of premium spirits.
Since moving to Snohomish, Bonnie and Doug have founded the Snohomish Lacrosse Club and been very active in the Snohomish Education Foundation. Doug founded the Educational Pathway Partnership in Precision Machining and Computer Aided Design at Snohomish and Glacier Peak High Schools. He raised over $30 million in equipment, funds and grants from private sources. Doug ran unsuccessfully for the US Congress in 2006 in the 2nd Congressional District. He was appointed a State Representative by Gov. Inslee to fill the remainder of Rep. Mike Hope’s term after his resignation. In November 2015 he was elected as one of the fifteen members of the Snohomish County Charter Review Commission.