Rob Wickman is a native of Westlake, Ohio, and a 1998 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. Upon commissioning, he reported to flight school in Pensacola, Florida completing basic and intermediate flight training at VT-6, Naval Air Station Whiting Field. He completed advanced flight training at HT-18, and was designated a Naval Aviator in July 2000. Upon graduation from flight school, he was placed on the Commodore’s list for sustained superior performance throughout the flight training program.
He reported to HSL-40 for training as a Fleet Replacement Pilot in August 2000, where he graduated first in his class. He received the HSL-40 “Seahawk” award for excellence in flight and later reported to the “Swamp Foxes” of HSL-44 in April 2001.
Commander Wickman deployed on USS KLAKRING (FFG 42), in support of Counter Drug Operations and a UNITAS exercise, and on USS BULKELEY (DDG 84), flying in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He served in numerous billets at HSL-44, to include Maintenance Officer for Detachment Eight.
Commander Wickman reported back to HSL-40 as a flight instructor in August 2004. While at HSL-40, he was the NAPP Production Officer and Assistant Training Officer.
He reported to USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) in July 2007 as the Assistant Navigator. While onboard he earned his Officer of the Deck and Command Duty Officer (Underway) letters.
In November 2009, Commander Wickman reported to the “Warlords” of HSL-51. While at HSL-51, he deployed on USS MUSTIN (DDG 89) as the Detachment Officer-in-Charge and served as squadron Training and Maintenance Officers. During his time at HSL-51, he flew missions in support Operation Tomodachi to support the Japanese community.
Following his operational Department Head tour he reported to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, Programming Division, in December 2011. He served as a programming analyst for aviation matters in the “Bullpen.”
In July 2015, Commander Wickman reported to the HSM-77 “Saberhawks” as Executive Officer, deploying with CVW-5 embarked in USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76). Commander Wickman has deployed twice with the “Saberhawks” in support of Battle Force SEVENTH Fleet and Forward Deployed Naval Forces operational requirements.
Commander Wickman’s postgraduate education includes a Master of Science degree in Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2011. Commander Wickman’s personal awards include the Navy Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Gold Star in lieu of Third Award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and numerous campaign and unit awards. He has accumulated over 2,500 flight hours.
In October 2016, CDR Wickman was appointed to Commanding Officer of HSM-77 “Saberhawks.”