Colonel Deitra L. Trotter arrived to Fort Hood from the Joint Staff, Pentagon in Washington, DC. A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, COL Trotter commissioned through Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, Ga in 1994. She holds a Master of Art Degree from the University of Hawaii and a Master of Science Degree from the National Defense University. She is a Distinguished Graduate of the Defense Language Institute, National War College, and was the 2011 Army Military Fellow for the Director, National Security Agency/United States Cyber Command.
COL Trotter’s command and key assignments include company command in the 125th MI Battalion (BN) (CEWI), 25th Infantry Division (ID) (Light), and ACE Chief, 25th ID during Operation Enduring Freedom. She served as BN S-3 of 319th MI BN, 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade during Operation Iraqi Freedom, then Brigade S-3 and Deputy Commander upon return. As Commander, 781st MI BN (Cyberspace Operations), she dual-hatted as team lead for the Department of Defense’s first Cyber National Mission Team, tasked with defense of the nation in cyberspace. She assumed command of the 504th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan in August 2018 then redeployed Task Force Ready to Fort Hood later that year.
COL Trotter’s staff assignments include Aide-de-Camp, US Army Pacific, MI LTC Assignments Officer, US Army Human Resources Command, Deputy Director for Intelligence, Vice Deputy Director for Analysis and Production, and Deputy Director for Crisis and Current Operations, National Military Command Center, Joint Staff Directorate for Intelligence (J2).
Her military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal (1 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. She has served with units that have earned two Joint Meritorious Unit Awards and two Meritorious Unit Citations.
COL Trotter wears the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Australian Paratrooper Wings, the German Armed Forces Efficiency Badge (Silver), and the Military Intelligence Corps’ Knowlton Award.
COL Trotter is the President of the Phantom Chapter of the Military Intelligence Corps Association and actively promotes leader/career development for intelligence professionals. She is also a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta, a public service sorority. Her son Brendan, is a student at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, pursuing a degree in Information Technology.