Aimee Tortorich served in the U.S. Navy from 2004-2010 as a photographer. After completing boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois, she was sent to "A" school at the Defense Information School (DINFOS) in Fort Meade, MD. Not having any prior knowledge, she jumped in head first and graduated at the top of her class as the Distinguished Honor Graduate. She was able to choose her first duty station and chose the USS Emory S. Land in La Maddalena, Sardegna Italy. She traveled extensively throughout Europe and learned the cuisine of each country. The highlight of her service was the Gulf of Guinea tour in 2006 where her ship played an integral part of humanitarian aid and built lasting partnerships with the African nations. In 2008, USS Emory S. Land sailed across the Atlantic through the Panama Canal and went to her final port of Bremerton, Washington. Aimee lived in Northwest for a few months before returning back to Fort Meade, Maryland where she completed Videography School as the Honor Graduate. She completed her Navy career at the Armed Forces Network in Southern California, while earning a B.A. in Communications from Thomas Edison State College. After separating from the Navy, she was immediately hired as an Audiovisual Production Specialist for the Department of Defense at the Armed Forces Network. After a year with the DoD, Aimee decided to pursue her dream of becoming a chef and enrolled at the Art Institute of San Diego in Culinary Arts.
- Distinguished Honor Graduate DINFOS Basic Still Photography 2004
- Honor Graduate DINFOS Video Production and Documentation 2008
- Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
- U.S. Navy Marksmanship Medal