Captain Rick Cheeseman
Commanding Officer

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Captain Rick Cheeseman is a 1989 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, where he was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program.

Afloat, he most recently served as the Commanding Officer in USS BULKELEY (DDG 84). Other tours afloat include Executive Officer in USS MAHAN (DDG 72); Flag Secretary to the Commander in CARRIER GROUP EIGHT; Operations Officer in DESTROYER SQUADRON EIGHTEEN and USS NICHOLAS (FFG 47); Navigator in USS STOUT (DDG 55); and Boilers Officer, Main Propulsion Assistant, and Liquid Cargo Officer in USS SAVANNAH (AOR 4).

Ashore, he most recently served as the Deputy for Manpower, Training, and Strategy in the Surface Warfare Division (N96) of the OPNAV Staff.  Other tours include service as Head, Surface Warfare Junior Officer Assignments and Head, Surface Warfare Post-Department Head Assignments; Officer in Charge of the Naval Forces Korea Detachment in Chinhae, Republic of Korea; and as Operations Officer in Commander Task Force EIGHT EIGHT.

Captain Cheeseman earned a Master's Degree in Joint Campaign Planning and Strategy from the National Defense University’s Joint Advanced Warfighting School.

Captain Cheeseman’s personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal (four).