CDR Bill Swick, USN
Naval Oceanography Operations Command
CDR Swick, a native of Hudson Valley, N.Y., graduated from Villanova University in 1996. CDR Swick served aboard the USS Boxer (LHD 4) as the Data Systems Officer from 1996 to 1998. Here he completed his surface warfare officer qualifications. CDR Swick reported to Destroyer Squadron Twenty Eight (CDS-28) from 1998 to 2000 and conducted operations in the Mediterranean Sea. From 2000 to 2002, he served as a Navigation Instructor in the Navy Reserve Officer Trainer Corps at Old Dominion University.
In 2002, CDR Swick laterally transferred to the Oceanography community. He received his Master of Science in oceanography and meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2004.
Following graduation, he was assigned to the newly formed Naval Oceanography for Special Warfare Command where he served with Groups One and Three. In 2007, CDR Swick was assigned to the Strike Group Oceanography Team San Diego and reported to Commander Amphibious Squadron One as the expeditionary strike group METOC Officer. While deployed to fifth fleet, CDR Swick worked as the liaison officer to CTF-151.
In 2008, CDR Swick returned to Naval Postgraduate School after being selected for the Navy’s Doctoral Program. In 2011, CDR Swick completed his Ph.D in physical oceanography.
CDR Swick’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and various service and campaign awards.