|Captain Rick W. Polk
Commanding Officer (April 2009 - April 2011)
A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Captain Polk enlisted in the Navy in February 1977. He attended recruit training in Orlando, Florida and completed his initial sea tour in USS QUEENFISH (SSN 651) homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In 1981, he was assigned to USS MARINO G. VALLEJO (SSBN 658-BLUE) homeported in Kings Bay, Georgia
In September 1986, then Chief Polk was commissioned through the Limited Duty Officer program in ceremonies at Naval Station San Diego, California. His first commissioned sea tour was as Electrical Officer in USS NEW JERSEY (BB 62) homeported in Long Beach, California. He was then assigned as Marine Officer at the Atlantic Undersea Test Evaluation Center (AUTEC) Andros Island, Bahamas, where he received a lateral conversion to Unrestricted Line Officer and selection for study under the College Degree Program. He subsequently attended the University of West Florida, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science.
Captain Polk completed Department Head School in Newport, Rhode Island and returned to sea duty as Engineer Officer in USS JARRETT (FFG33) homeported in San Diego, California. He was subsequently assigned as Materiel Officer for Commander Destroyer Squadron TWENTY-ONE.
Ashore, he attended Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), Maxwell AFB Montgomery, Alabama, and the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia. While attending ACSC, he received a Masters of Military Operational Art and Science and completed a Masters of Science in Human Resources Management at Troy State University, Montgomery.
After completing Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) requirements in Montgomery and Norfolk, Captain Polk served as Commanding Officer, USS WARRIOR (MCM10). Under his command, WARRIOR earned consecutive Battle "E" awards, all excellence awards, and completed a Western Atlantic deployment.
In March 2002, Captain Polk reported to Mine Warfare Training Center, Ingleside, Texas as Director of Training. In 2003, he assumed duties as Executive Officer and in May 2004 assumed duties as Commanding Officer.
Captain Polk assumed command of USS INGRAHAM (FFG 61) in December 2004. INGRAHAM served as Force Protection, Anti-Submarine Warfare and Maritime Interdiction Operation arms of Expeditionary Strike Group ONE while deployed to the Mediterranean, Arabian Gulf and Somali Basin.
Captain Polk most recently served at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland prior to taking command at Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Personal decorations and awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), and Good Conduct Medal (two awards).