MIKEL Employee Elizabeth Tretton Featured in NUWC Newport Portal News

November 1, 2021 | Categories: News

Meet a NUWC veteran: Liz Tretton

Meet Liz Tretton, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who is an Ohio-class non-propulsion electronics system ship systems manual coordinator in the NUWC Division Newport Undersea Warfare Combat Systems Department. Liz continues our “Meet a NUWC veteran” series.
She served 4½ years in the Coast Guard as a non-rate with the Aids to Navigation Team Bristol in Rhode Island, and as an operations specialist third class at Sector Long Island Sound in New Haven, Connecticut. She earned a National Defense Service Medal, a Coast Guard Basic Training Honor Graduate Ribbon, and a Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon, for ice-breaking missions on Narragansett Bay in 2015.
A native of Venice, Florida, Liz frequently played in fast pitch softball tournaments near a Coast Guard Air Station in Clearwater, Florida, and became interested in the Coast Guard around that time.
She enlisted during college in 2014 and served through 2019, rising in rank to petty officer third class. “One of my main goals was to help people while staying near the water as this is where I grew up and felt happy and comfortable,” she said. “The Coast Guard allowed me to fulfill both needs, so it felt like a perfect fit.”
Liz has a bachelor’s degree in homeland security and emergency management from Ashford University in California. She was hired at Division Newport in 2019.
“I like that I’m able to support our military as a civilian and that there is always something to learn,” she said. “Our mission at NUWC is pretty incredible. I know that we all play a part in keeping the fleet strong and safe.”
In her free time, you can find her on the beach or near the water with her family.

Read more about Liz Tretton here.