LT Nayomie Richards entered the Navy on June 27, 2000 from Belfair, WA. She attended Boot Camp at RTC, Great Lakes, Illinois. Upon graduation, she began training at Cryptologic Technician Collection (CTR) “A” School at the Naval Technical Training Center, Corry Station in Pensacola, Florida. LT Richards holds an Associates Degree in Mass Communication and a Bachelor’s degree in Strategic Intelligence, with a Concentration in Intelligence Analysis, from American Military University.
LT Richards was first assigned to Naval Security Group Activity, Northwest Annex in Chesapeake VA as a CTRSA where she was a member of the Cryptologic Direct Support Department. During this time, she deployed on the USS Theodore Roosevelt immediately following the September 11th terrorist attacks and then deployed in support of the Army’s 18th Airborne Corps and 10th Mountain Division to Bagram, Afghanistan from 2002 to 2003. She was one of the first non-special operations Sailors to be deployed boots on ground prior to the creation of the Individual Augmentee program in the Navy.
In 2005, CTR1 Richards reported to Hawaii Regional Security Operation Center (HRSOC) where she served as a Senior SIGINT reporter and was named Reporter of the Year in 2007 as well as Sailor of the Year for NIOC Hawaii. In 2008 she volunteered to deploy to Iraq where she supported the Combined Special Operations Task Force (CJSOTF). During this time she qualified in Expeditionary Warfare and was selected as the Navy Senior Enlisted Leader for CJSOTF after pinning on Chief that year. Following this assignment, in 2009, CTRC Richards reported to NIOC Hawaii to serve in the Surface Direct Support department. During this tour she supported two Carrier Strike Groups and two Amphibious Readiness Groups as the Assistant Cryptologic Resource Coordinator. Upon completion, CTRCS Richards was assigned to the Joint Forces Staff College in 2012 where she served as the Senior Enlisted Leader and one of the only enlisted instructors in the Joint Information Operations Planning Course. She completed her Certificate on College Teaching and also served as a guest instructor for JPME Phase II. While there, she applied and was accepted to Officer Commissioning School (OCS) in Newport, Road Island.
LT Richards was commissioned in April, 2014 and reported to the National Security Agency (NSA), Hawaii as a Cryptologic Officer later that year following initial training. While at NSA Hawaii she served as the Deputy Branch Chief for Signals Intelligence development (SIGDEV). ENS Richards curtailed shore duty after a year when she was hand selected to be the first female officer to support the Submarine
Direct Support program in the Pacific. In 2015, ENS Richards transferred to the Subsurface Direct Department where she became the first female in the Pacific to qualify and deploy as a Subsurface Direct Support Officer and supported five Submarine Missions.
LT Richards is currently assigned to Naval Information Forces where she was hand selected to lead the Submarine Direct Support Program for the Information Warfare Domain.
LT Nayomie Richards has earned the Enlisted Surface Warfare, Enlisted Aviation Warfare, Expeditionary Warfare, Enlisted Information Warfare and Information Warfare Officer qualifications. Her personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal and several other personal and unit awards. She is married to ITC Jesse Trujillo and they have three daughters.
Thank you for your service shipmate!