Lieutenant Commander Robby D. Trotter
Commander Trotter was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1971. He enlisted in the Navy in 1989 serving as a Yeoman in USS WHALE (SSN 638) and USS TOLEDO (SSN 769) before being selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1997. He graduated from Hampton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and received his commission in 2000.
Commander Trotter began his initial tour of duty in USS VELLA GULF (CG 72), where he served as Damage Control Assistant and First Lieutenant during which he completed a Fifth Fleet deployment in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and a BALTIC Operations deployment. Following that tour, he reported to Commander Destroyer Squadron TWO SIX as the Training Officer which he completed a Fifth Fleet deployment with the HARRY S TRUMAN BATGRU.
Following the completion of his afloat Division Officer tours, CDR Trotter earned his Master’s of Science degree in Management from Troy State University while serving as Training Liaison Officer at Afloat Training Group Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia during his shore duty assignment.
In November, 2008, CDR Trotter reported to USS STOUT (DDG 55) and served as Chief Engineer which he completed a Sixth Fleet AEGIS BMD deployment. In August 2010, CDR Trotter was assigned to Commander Amphibious Squadron EIGHT as the N4, Engineering Staff Officer. In October 2012, CDR Trotter reported to Commander Carrier Strike Group EIGHT as the Future Operations Officer which he completed a Fifth Fleet (back to back) deployments with the DWIGHT D EISENHOWER Strike Group.
His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), Navy Achievement Medal (four awards) and various unit and campaign service awards.