Seventeen months ago, Tammy Trotti was a Pinnacle High School senior, among the many who were no doubt daydreaming about post-graduation life. Her life was about school, ROTC and a part-time job at Café Zupas.
Thanks to her fast-track drive, today she stands tall on one of the world’s most versatile multi-mission combat ships, the USS Nitze DDG 94.
“I graduated high school, went to boot camp, followed apprentice school and then completed my first Navy deployment, all within a year and a half,” Tammy says.
Access to a better college education attracted Tammy to sign up, but the fringe benefits sealed the deal.
“I have always been an adventurous person, so the fact that I’d get to go all over and travel the world was what I wanted most,” says Tammy. Her grandfather, Frank Trotti, served in the Army, and her uncle was a Marine; however, the Phoenix native was the first in her immediate family to continue the legacy of military service. And she’s glad she did,...