LTJG Riggins was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Upon graduating high school in 2012,  LTJG Riggins attended the University of South Florida, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations. In 2015, She enlisted in the United States Navy, as a Cryptologic Technician Technical (CTT). 

After completing Navy boot camp at RTC Great  Lakes, LTJG Riggins went on to Corry Station in Pensacola, FL. While at Corry Station, LTJG Riggins completed CTT “A” school and SLQ-32 V2 Technical “C” school. Upon completion of her training, LTJG Riggins was stationed onboard USS Gravely (DDG 107). During her time onboard (2016-2019), LTJG Riggins performed various duties as a petty officer. Some of her favorite responsibilities included roles as: Electronic Warfare Supervisor, Workcenter Supervisor, Senior Technician, EMCON Coordinator and OPSEC assistant.  

While onboard, LTJG Riggins earned the rank of Second Class Petty Officer. She earned both her Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist and Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist pins. She completed a 2018-2019 deployment with SNMG-1 conducting exercises, leading several EW exercises. In 2019, LTJG Riggins applied and was accepted to Officer Candidate School. 

Having completed Officer Candidate School, LTJG Riggins earned her commission in February, 2020 and completed the Information Warfare Basics Course. LTJG Riggins was assigned to Navy Information Operations Command Georgia as a Deputy Division Chief for the Director of Operations at National Security Agency/Central Security Service Georgia in June 2020. During her time she supported United States and Coalition Forces engaged in Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, RESOLUTE SUPPORT, and overseas contingency operations. She also supported the evacuation of United States and Coalition Forces during the Afghanistan Contingency Event, enabling the successful evacuation of over 10,000 U.S. and Afghan citizens. Additionally, she earned her Master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in Organizational Leadership. She is currently stationed onboard USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) as the Information Warfare Officer.

She has been awarded the Joint Commendation award and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, as well as several unit awards and citations.

Honestly, as a woman in the Navy, I feel that I have faced many challenges. I have experienced male peers and leaders who have been demeaning, sexist, and exclusionary toward me. I have been told that I am too aggressive at times, but the assertion of my male peers was acceptable. I have also experienced peers and other service members seeing women as objects rather than coworkers. I have had my phone number stolen and passed around. I have had several sailors make advances at me and I have even been penalized for perceived “inappropriate behavior” as a junior sailor. Luckily, I reported the incident to my Commanding Officer who addressed and corrected the responsible parties.  I would be lying if I said being a woman in the military is easy, it isn’t. However, I have made some of the most amazing friends during my time in service and I have been able to support and mentor many junior sailors, which hopefully will make an impact in their careers and the way that they treat others. The Navy has provided me many opportunities and I would argue that while there are still many unacceptable “Old School Navy” behaviors toward women, that ultimately we are trending in a more positive direction. My current ship has several female officers and department heads, in fact, you can find women in leadership positions on most platforms, and instructions have improved to protect and provide more equal opportunity to female sailors.