James Tritten served in the U.S. Navy as a carrier-based pilot, flying single- and twin-engine propeller aircraft and jets. He deployed to Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Caribbean while in the service. Tritten later taught as a flight instructor at two universities, in the Pentagon and as a faculty member and department chair at the Naval Postgraduate School.
Since separating from service, Tritten spends his free time volunteering for the National Alliance on Mental Illness and has introduced peer support programs into prisons and jails. He also volunteers as an interviewer for the Veterans History Project. Both efforts help Tritten cope with his post-traumatic stress disorder.
Tritten hopes the expedition will help him find better ways to work through life’s challenges and regain his confidence. With an open mind and a willingness to try new things, he aspires to relearn skills and succeed despite obstacles.