USS WHIDBEY ISLAND


CMDCM Peter "Rick" Dyksterhouse
Command Master Chief

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Command Master Chief Peter “Rick” Dyksterhouse hails from Kalamazoo, Michigan and enlisted in the Navy on January 6, 1989. He attended Recruit Training in Orlando, Florida and RP “A” School in Meridian, Mississippi. Reporting to Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune in May, he became the last RP to attend the eight-week School of Infantry.

Upon successful completion, he was assigned to Second Marine Division and was served with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines; 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion; and 6th Marine Regiment, where he deployed to Okinawa, Japan, and OPERATION DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. He reported next to Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Mississippi where he was assigned as Religious Ministries Leading Petty Officer and attended RP “F” School. His next sea tour was onboard USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CGN 37), the last nuclear cruiser in the Navy, where he completed two Mediterranean cruises and was selected for Chief Petty Officer. Staying in the Norfolk area, he reported to Commander, Amphibious Group TWO in November 1998. In July 2001 he moved to Okinawa, Japan and served with III Marine Expeditionary Force. From here he moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, working at U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific and U.S. Pacific Command/U.S. Pacific Fleet. He reported to the Chief of Naval Operations staff as Senior Enlisted Leader for the Chief of Navy Chaplain’s in May 2009. In 2011 he was selected to the Command Master Chief program and reported to the USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD-41) in June 2012.

Master Chief Dyksterhouse is a graduate of the Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course (56) and U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (NRC 23). His personal decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal (2 Awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 Awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 Awards), Combat Action Ribbon, and various service and campaign awards.