TRP Logo


"Brewer of Stout Conversation, Unfiltered and On Tap."


TRP Intro Para


Welcome to the Trident Room Podcast

For students and alumni of the Naval Postgraduate School, the Trident Room is an integral and well-known contributor to academic success and great ideas. While a pint poured in the stout mugs that dangle from above is part of that, we’d like to think it is the unfettered conversation that really makes the difference.

No matter what the topic whether it be Stochastic optimization … sub-state, social-revolutionist terrorism … applied fluid mechanics and heat transfer …, The Trident Room Podcast is the destination for illuminating, unencumbered conversation with colleagues, peers and classmates that really brews the NPS learning experience.

The Trident Room Podcast … Stout, unfiltered conversation, always on tap.

SUBSCRIBE     RSS  |   iTunes  |   Spotify    |   Google Podcast 

TRP Episode Title



Asset Publisher

EPISODE 55  |  Jun 11, 2024

In the latest of our METOC ME-talks series, U.S. Navy Capt. Heather Quilenderino, Commanding Officer, Naval Oceanographic Operations Command, discusses METOC experience and how the NOOC supports the Fleet with hosts Lt. Cmdr. Colleen Wilmington, Lt. Cmdr. Alanna Youngblood and Lt. Dan Petersen.


EPISODE 54  |  May 31, 2024

Go below the surface and behind the microphone with podcast host Lt. Dan Petersen as he shares his perspectives and lessons learned following nearly 20 years as an enlisted and officer Naval Meteorologist and Oceanographer, discussing leadership, operational excellence, and work-life-family balance.


EPISODE 53  |  Apr 03, 2024

In this episode, Dr. Joe Hooper and Ana Eckhart discuss expanding the reach of NPS, hosted by Karl Flynn. This episode was recorded on October 20th, 2023.


EPISODE 52  |  Feb 28, 2024

In this episode, Colonel Perry discusses his experiences as the Senior Marine at NPS, hosted by Karl Flynn. This episode was recorded on August 25th, 2023.


EPISODE 51 [Part I]  |  Jan 11, 2024

The Trident Room Podcast Senior Producer, Sara Dixon sits down and has a conversation with The Love Shack’s Chef Loveday. This episode was recorded on August 28, 2023. 


EPISODE 51 [Part II]  |  Jan 11, 2024

The Trident Room Podcast Senior Producer, Sara Dixon sits down and has a conversation with The Love Shack’s Chef Loveday. This episode was recorded on August 28, 2023. 


TRP Right Nav

Upcoming Guests to the Trident Room Podcast …


The Haunted History of the Hotel Del Monte

Grant Vermeer, Academy Insider

Below the Surface with Maj. Eric Czaja, USA


Help Shape the Conversation!

The Trident Room Podcast is always looking for interesting guests with compelling perspectives. Submit your questions for upcoming guests or topics to

TRP History Title


TRP (podcast) History Text

The (podcast) Trident Room History

The Trident Room Podcast officially started broadcasting in the summer of 2020. It was created by an HSI/OR student who wanted to capture conversations he was having with the impressive array of faculty, students, and staff roaming the halls of NPS. Podcasting provides a direct and unfettered connection with listeners, and he wanted to bring that same kind of informative, yet intimate exchange to the Naval Postgraduate School community.

Topics to be featured on The Trident Room Podcast include (but are not limited to): 

  • The on-campus “NPS Student-Learning Experience”
  • NPS Science and Technology
  • Student leadership, now, and in the Fleet
  • Facing difficult multi-domain problems
  • Applied research as the bridge between the classroom and the Fleet 
  • Individual, tactical, operational, and strategic level topics relevant to Naval Officers 
  • Human-centric technology, operations, and processes

The image of the Trident Room used on this website was captured by 2014 Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security graduate Ms. Angi English. The Trident Room Podcast is released by the Naval Postgraduate School Office of University Communications.

TRP (real) History Text

The (real) Trident Room History

In 1926 The Spanish Revival Hotel Del Monte opened what they called “The Children’s Playroom” during the prohibition. The “playroom” acted as a speakeasy where the community came together. Within a week of the repeal of Prohibition in December 1933, the room officially became a bar. Hotel Del Monte renamed “The Children’s Playroom” as The Del Monte Tap Room. 

In 1951 the historic building became the Naval Academy’s postgraduate school that instructed students from multiple service branches. In 1953, The Trident Room was born (and renovated), becoming a social site for the students. The bar still possesses most of the original fixtures and character -- stained glass windows, copper, and dark wood. The ceiling is neatly lined with rows of designated mugs for each student. Each mug possesses a unique signature illustrated by the student, and that mug is taken with the student when they graduate. 

Within the atmosphere of The Trident Room, the patrons of the bar range from CIA agents, quantum physicists, airmen, and astronauts. Looking for the perfect place to have a drink? Welcome to The Trident Room.

Article: Trident Room, a Bar So Exclusive You Need An Escort

Meet the Team Title


Sara Dixon Text

Sara Dixon, Host and Senior Producer

Sara grew up in Rushville, IN. She graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2010 with a Bachelor’s in English and commissioned in the Marine Corps. After serving as a CH-53E pilot for a few years, she laterally moved careers to become a Manpower Officer. Prior to joining NPS, she served as the G-1 Manpower-Operations Officer for 1st Marine Division on Camp Pendleton, CA. Sara is studying Manpower Systems Analysis.

Sara Dixon Image

Karl Flynn Text

Karl Flynn, Host

Karl grew up in Geneseo, IL. He graduated from the US Naval Academy in 2018 with a B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and commissioned as a Marine Second Lieutenant. Karl is an Infantry Officer who completed two Unit Deployment Programs as a platoon commander in the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. He is studying applied physics and is researching unmanned aerial systems swarm defense.

Karl Flynn Image

Adam Zalenka Text

Adam Zalenka, Host

Adam was born in Ft. Sill, OK and is the son to an enlisted Army sergeant and grew up in various locations including South Korea, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas. He Enlisted in the United States Air Force in 2008 and served in Security Forces. As an Enlisted member he completed tours in Washington D.C, Kuwait, Colorado and finished his “E” career as an Enlisted Accessions Recruiter in Medina, OH in 2016. During this time, he earned degrees from the Community College of The Air Force in Criminal Justice and Human Resources and earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the American Military University in 2014. Adam was selected by the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force to commission under the Senior Leader Enlisted Commissioning Program to become a Security Forces Officer. He officially earned his commission in August 2018 at Maxwell, Air Force Base (AFB), AL. He has served in critical positions as Flight Commander, Operations Officer, Officer in Charge of the Security Forces Officer Course, and Force Protection Action Officer. He completed tours at McConnell AFB, KS, Incirlik AFB, Turkey, Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis, TX, MacDill AFB, FL, and was selected to attend the Naval Postgraduate School. He is currently studying Systems Acquisitions Management under the Department of Defense Management Program.

Adam Zalenka Image

Colleen Wilmington Text

Colleen Wilmington, Host

Colleen is from Leon, KS. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in English and commissioned in the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer (SWO). After qualifying SWO onboard USS Nimitz, she laterally transferred to the Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC) community. Prior to coming to NPS, she served at Naval Oceanography Anti-Submarine Warfare Command in Yokosuka, Japan, where she qualified as an Information Warfare Officer, and the Naval Ice Center in Suitland, MD. Her previous assignments inspired her thesis on ice composition acoustics.

Colleen Wilmington Image

Traver Mayfield Text

Traver Mayfield, Host

Traver grew up in Triangle, Virginia. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 2010 with a B.A. in International Relations and commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps shortly thereafter. Traver is an Air Command and Control and Low Altitude Air Defense Officer and has deployed to Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, and Iraq. He is currently studying National Security Affairs with a concentration in Northeast Asia and writing a thesis on U.S. Marine Corps support to digital diplomacy in Japan and South Korea.

Traver Mayfield Image

Zack Ward Text

Zack Ward, Host

Zach grew up in Bethel, OH. He graduated from Ohio University in 2013 with a B.A. in Russian and commissioned in the Marine Corps shortly thereafter. Zach is an Intelligence Officer who has deployed in support of the Unit Deployment Program with Marine aviation and twice in support of Operation Inherent Resolve with Marine Special Operations. He is currently studying National Security Affairs with a concentration in Southeast Asia.

Zach Ward Image

Past Hosts TITLE