Director of Community Development/City Engineer of New Orleans, Department of Public Works
New Orleans, Louisiana
LTJG Trang Tieu
LTJG Tieu recently completed a year-long deployment to Afghanistan with the SeaBees’ Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 28. As a Department of Defense consultant, she has deployed with the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) in search and recovery missions for remains of American POW/MIA Service Members still unaccounted for since the Vietnam War era. In addition, she serves as a public servant on city council and is a mother of two young children.
How have you benefited from your service in the Navy Reserve?
Serving in the Navy Reserve solidified my passion for Veterans advocacy. The experiences that I gained while serving in uniform have given me first hand insight into the sacrifices that our men & women in uniform make each and every day. Our families make even greater sacrifices in order for us to continue serving. Together, with the support of the community, we ensure that our sovereignty is maintained and the freedoms that we enjoy are protected. As a Reserve Sailor, I get to be a part of an organization that directly supports our national security goals.
Why did you choose to join the Navy Reserve?
Even though I had completed 4 years of military training with the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and graduated with a civil engineering degree, I decided to build my engineering experience through the private sector first. The Corps of Cadets’ Values (Honor, Courage, Integrity, Discipline, and Selfless Service) that were instilled in me during my college years continued to guide me. Particularly the skills that I had attained from as a military cadet are direct attributes to my success as an engineer post college. I had a personal need to give back to the service therefore I joined the Navy Reserve. The Reserve has enabled me to refine time management.