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Justin C. Trout A Veteran's Story


November 9, 2017

Courtesy Justin Trout

Justin Trout receiving a promotion to Second Class Petty Officer

Justin Trout traded uniforms to become a Navy gunners mate.

Originally from Debec, Colorado, Trout and his family moved to the Scottsbluff, Nebraska area when he was a young man. He graduated from Scottsbluff and went into law enforcement.

After the academy, Trout the head of security for Colorado Northwest College in Rangely, Colorado from 1998-2000.

It was during this time, he began to down police work as a career and joined the Navy in 2000.

Trout traded uniforms and did the Navy proud. He was stationed in Naples, Italy. He actually remained in the law enforcement line of work, Spec Ops for the Navy. End result, he ended up training security forces for the Navy.

During his training for Navy Seals, personal tragedy hit and he left Seal training, to deal with a death in his family. He served five years active duty, and five years reserve.

When he returned home, he went back into law enforcement.

Trout entered the Navy, to get away from law enforcement and found himself in same line.

He was slated to go back into Seals, but decided to not to proceed due to the death of his father. He returned home to be close to his mom and family in Nebraska.

From security, to Navy Trout found himself on the Alliance Police Department.

He worked for the Alliance Police Department for several years. From there, he changed uniform and went to work for the Box Butte Sheriff's Department. During his time in Nebraska, Trout was the 2012 Law Enforcement Officer of the year.

From Alliance, Trout made the move to Kimball, Nebraska and the Kimball Police Department.

Penny Merryfield/Pine Bluffs Post

Chief Trout in his current uniform for Pine Bluffs Police Department.

Serving Kimball for a while, Trout made the change to Pine Bluffs Police Department.

"Serving in the military was one of the best things. I think everyone should serve right out of high school, "Trout states. "Go spend some time in the service, go see the world, see what a great nation we live in. Understand the importance of why we stand for the flag. Have appreciation for your country!" Trout was out of country for over four years and while it thought that Europe is so good and glamorous, he was glad to be home. "Thank God, I am United States soil. I am not leaving again and I haven't!" Trout states.

Trout was recently made Officer of the Month, in Wyoming.

"Military changed my life, it turned me around, and I have no regrets. It was an honor to serve." stated Trout.


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