"At the end of the day we as graduates receive two distinctly different, yet important, physical items from this college, a ring and a diploma. While I wear my ring daily, I am immensely proud of my diploma and the work which went into obtaining it. Even though I have never directly used my major (business administration) in a traditional setting, I am forever thankful for the intangible skills such as critical thinking, effective communication and time management that the business faculty demanded. As a Naval Officer and pilot, I put those skills to test daily, both in the aircraft while flying and on the ground, leading Sailors." – Kristina Romero, Lieutenant, Naval Aviator
During Lieutenant Kristina Romero’s time at The Citadel, we knew that great accomplishments were ahead for this exceptional cadet. A 2006 graduate with a major in Business Administration and Accounting, she was that year’s recipient of the Col. Floyd W. Brown Jr. Memorial Award. She was a member of Lima Company, held several Cadet Leadership positions and was an active member of the Naval ROTC program. Subsequent to her graduation, LT Romero has pursued a successful career as a naval aviator. After receiving her initial P-3C training at Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30), she reported to NAS Brunswick, ME and Patrol Squadron EIGHT (VP-8). While assigned to VP-8, she twice deployed to the FIFTH Fleet AOR in support of combat operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM and NEW DAWN. LT Romero completed various unit level exercises in support of RIMPAC, UNITAS and supported earth quake relief operations in Haiti during operation UNIFIED RESPONSE.
During her tenure at VP-8 she served as Ground Safety Officer, PR/AME Branch Officer, Aircraft Division Officer, Training Plans Officer, Assistant Training Department Head and Aircrew Division Officer. Her personal awards include Combat Air Medal (Two Awards), Operation Iraqi Freedom Campaign Medal, GWOT, GWOT Expeditionary, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (Two Awards) and Rifle/Pistol Expert.
In June of 2012, LT Romero received the Young Hispanic Military Award from the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In addition to her BS degree from The Citadel, LT Romero earned a MA degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Oklahoma and a Certificate in Project Management from Syracuse University. LT Romero currently is serving as a Leadership Instructor in the Leadership, Ethics and Law Department at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, where she has been employed since June 2012.
LT Romero offers some advice for cadets: "My advice to young men and women at The Citadel is to get a mentor. Seek out someone who will invest time in you and help you achieve your goals, both personally and professionally. Throughout my time at The Citadel I was mentored by several male alumni who had also served in the Navy and didn’t care that I was a female cadet, they simply wanted me to succeed. Their insight and wisdom would prove invaluable to me as I navigated my time at The Citadel and life. I was fortunate enough to meet the best friends of my life, excel academically and reach my life goal, to become a Naval Aviator."
We appreciate these words of encouragement as we celebrate and honor the numerous successful endeavors that have characterized LT Romero’s career.