Commander Nathaniel R. Shick
Commander Shick is a native of Saint Leonard, Maryland. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2000, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. Upon graduation he selected for Officer Candidate School and earned his naval commission in December 2000.
CDR Shick’s sea tours include: USS ARTHUR W RADFORD (DD 968) serving as Communications Officer from 2001-2003, sailing in company with Standing Forces NATO – Mediterranean ; USS CLEVELAND (LPD 7) as Combat Information Center Officer from 2003-2005, sailing with the Magnificent Seven (ATF-West) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM; USS HOWARD (DDG 83) as Weapons and Combat Systems Officer from 2008-2011, sailing in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and STRUGGLE AGAINST VIOLENT EXTREMISTS (SAVE) in the Red and Arabian Seas.
Ashore, CDR Shick supported the Defense Intelligence Agency as an All-Source Collections Manager for CENTCOM from 2005-2007, and served as a Functional Plans Officer for COMPACFLT N5 – Plans and Policy Directorate, 2012-2014.
He received his Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College and Maritime Advanced Warfighting School in 2012.