Captain Eric Dietz, a native of Wickliffe, Ohio, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautics from Miami University – Oxford, Ohio where he also received his commission through the NROTC Program in May 1989. Captain Dietz is the Commanding Officer of Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Norfolk, VA and Commander, Task Force 1030. NIOC Norfolk advances Information Operations warfighting capabilities for Naval and Joint Forces through Fleet training, strategic and operational planning support, doctrine development and database management.
Upon commissioning, he completed Naval Flight Officer training at Training Squadrons TEN and EIGHTY-SIX, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida and earned his wings in July 1990. Following Aviation Electronic Warfare Training, he reported to Tactical Electronic Attack Squadron ONE TWO NINE (VAQ-129) at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington and was designated an EA-6B PROWLER Electronic Countermeasures Officer in October 1991.
His first operational tour was with VAQ-134, the “Garudas,” where he deployed with KITTY HAWK Battle Group for its 1992-1993 Western Pacific/Indian Ocean deployment flying missions in support of Operations PROVIDE COMFORT and SOUTHERN WATCH. In 1994 Captain Dietz was selected for redesignation to the Cryptologic community and transferred to Naval Security Group Activity (NSGA) Winter Harbor, Maine.
In the spring of 1997, he reported to USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CGN 73) in Norfolk, Virginia as the OUTBOARD Division Officer, making deployments to the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas. He then transferred to Commander, US Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Virginia in 1999 where he served in the Cryptologic/Information Warfare Directorate as the Cryptologic Readiness and Requirements Officer and Cryptologic Current Operations Officer.
In May 2002, he reported to Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group ONE (CCDG 1) in San Diego, California as the Staff Cryptologic Resource Coordinator embarked aboard USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64) and USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) completing deployments ISO Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, SOUTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM and SUMMER PULSE ’04 and SIFOREX/UNITAS exercises with various South American countries.
In August 2004, he was assigned as Officer in Charge, Fleet Information Warfare Center Detachment (FIWC Det) San Diego, California and subsequently, in July 2005, was the first Commanding Officer of NIOC San Diego after the merger of NSGA and FIWC Det San Diego. In August 2007, he reported to Commander, US THIRD Fleet (COMTHIRDFLT) as Fleet Cryptologist and transferred in August 2009.
Following his tour at COMTHIRDFLT, he reported to US Pacific Command J2/Joint Intelligence Operations Center at Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii and served as Chief, J2/JIOC Strategies Division until August 2012.
Captain Dietz reported in October 2012 as the Executive Officer of Navy Information Operations Command Norfolk. He assumed the duties as Commanding Officer, Navy Information Operations Command Norfolk on 21 March 2014.
Captain Dietz’ awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Meritorious Service Medal (third award), Air Medal (1 Strike/Flight), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (fourth award), and various campaign, unit and service awards.