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Alexandria graduate pursues career in Navy’s nuclear program

Brittany Torgrimson stood outside the Department of Defense’s processing station in Fargo before she began Navy boot camp last week. (Contributed)

Brittany Torgrimson of Alexandria left home earlier this month for Navy boot camp.

Torgrimson graduated from Jefferson High School in 2011 and then graduated from Alexandria Technical and Community College with a double major for generals and welding. She is the daughter of Nicole Torgrimson of Alexandria and Wes and Jean Torgrimson of Evansville

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Most recently, she had been employed at Lowry Manufacturing.

She has always felt that she wanted to serve in the military and after checking out a few options, she decided to go into the Navy nuclear program, according to Nicole.

Brittany signed into the Navy’s delayed entry program last spring, waiting for a spot to open up.

“Very few women are chosen for the ‘nuke’ program annually if they qualify,” Nicole said. “She had to score well enough on her ASVAB [Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery] and also score well on the Navy Advanced Programs Test to even be considered.”

Brittany arrived at boot camp January 14 and will spend the next eight weeks at Great Lakes, Illinois Recruit Training Command.

After graduation this March, she plans to attend the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, South Carolina near Charleston for the next two years.

There are many fields of specific study available in the “nuke” program depending on what she chooses to pursue

Once she completes her schooling, she will be assigned to work aboard a Navy nuclear aircraft carrier for at least four more years.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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