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Commander Hightower’s shore tours include Staff Integrated Warfare Air and Missile Defense Warfare Tactics Instructor (IAMD WTI) for the staff of Commander Carrier Strike Group FIFTEEN (CSG 15) and as SWATT Planner for the Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC)
Commander Hightower graduated Summa Cum Laude from Trident University earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business management and a Master of Science in IT Management. He also is a graduate of the United States Air Force Air Command and Staff College JPME PH I program
His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (seven awards), Navy Achievement Medal (eight awards) and various unit and campaign awards.