Early Beginnings: Tara was born in Danbury, Connecticut to a blue-collar working family. She grew up in the Candlewood Lake Club, a small community that straddles the Brookfield and New Milford town boundaries and attended St. Joseph’s School in Brookfield. The youngest of four, she was determined to be the first in her family to attend college. In High School, Tara embarked upon a Rotary International study abroad program in Brazil. Following her return to the U.S., she enlisted in the Army as an Interrogator. After completing Basic Training and AIT, she was selected for an Army Scholarship to attend Syracuse University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Program. While at Syracuse, Tara interned abroad at the Defense Attaché Office of the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong and also in Washington, D.C. at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). After graduating from Syracuse in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and receiving an active-duty commission in the Adjutant General Corps (AG), she completed Officer Basic Course and the U.S. Army Paratrooper training program. Her first assignment as a Second Lieutenant was to Ansbach, Germany, performing duties as an Executive Officer in the 510th Personnel Services Battalion, and simultaneously earning a Master’s Degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma.
Continuing her Army career abroad: From 2001 until August of 2020, Tara served in numerous leadership positions in the Army across the globe. She was a highly successful platoon leader in Vicenza, Italy, a Company Executive Officer in Pristina, Serbia (now Kosovo), and a Battalion Adjutant and Personnel Officer in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. As an Army Captain, she commanded a company comprised of over 150 soldiers and civilians in a U.S. Army NATO unit in Naples, Italy. The U.S. Army then selected her to become a U.S. Army Foreign Area Officer (FAO) for China. She completed a Mandarin language training course at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California and was then assigned to the Defense Attaché Office, Beijing, China. Tara was selected to attend the Naval Postgraduate School’s National Security Affairs Program. While a graduate student, Tara become interested in Public Policy, specifically how she could affect change at the Department of Defense level and was instrumental in shaping many policies for the U.S. Army. She attained a second Master’s Degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School and went on to work at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), serving at the Director of National Intelligence Advanced Campaign Cell (ODNI, ACC), using her FAO and analytic skills to work with senior leaders across the U.S. Intelligence Community.
Going to Afghanistan and Asian countries: During Tara’s deployment to Afghanistan in 2017, she served as the key leader representative for the Commander of Special Operations Joint Task Force where she traveled extensively across the country, primarily working with only the Afghan Female Special Operations Unit in Afghanistan. As a Lieutenant Colonel, Tara was assigned to U.S. Army Headquarters in Hawaii working international security assistance programs for the 4-star U.S. Army Commander in the Pacific,; using her leadership and wide breadth of international and negotiating experience to design programs to promote peace with our partners and adversaries in such places as mainland China, Taiwan, Mongolia, and Hong Kong.
Retiring from the Army: Upon her retirement from her 25-year military career and her return to Brookfield, Tara was hired as the local Director of Operations for the Danbury Amazon Logistics Center, Danbury, CT which she launched in October of 2020. During her time at Amazon she was able to seek out local causes that could use Amazon support and helped attain a sizeable Amazon monetary contribution for The Woman’s Center of Greater Danbury. Tara maintains fluency in Mandarin Chinese and is conversational in both Italian and Portuguese. She is married to Lieutenant Colonel (retired – USMA class ‘86) Tony Carr and resides in Brookfield with their four children, Francesco, Annabella, Antonio and Angelina. She is an active member of the Brookfield VFW, The American Legion, The Rotary Club of Danbury, The Sokol, Saint Joseph’s Church and Saint Gregory’s Church. Tara enjoys golf and spending time with her family. Tara remains keenly dedicated to ensuring the future of Brookfield, one in which will thrive and be a pillar of success for all other Connecticut towns to aspire.