Born and raised in Trenton, MO, CAPT Brent Trickel graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelors Degree in Education in 1993 and was subsequently commissioned through the Naval ROTC program.
Upon graduation, he reported to Pensacola, FL for initial flight training and in May, 1995 transferred to VAW-120 in Norfolk, VA for training as a Naval Flight Officer in the E-2C Hawkeye. In September, 1996 CAPT Trickel reported to the VAW-123 Screwtops where he served as Avionics Division Officer, NFO NATOPS Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer. While attached to VAW-123, the squadron participated on two counter narcotic deployments to Puerto Rico, work-ups and a deployment on the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73), and work-ups on the USS JOHN F KENNEDY (CV-67).
In September, 1999 CAPT Trickel reported to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Fallon, NV as an instructor at the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Weapons School. At the Weapons School, he served as an airwing evaluator, E-2C Strike Warfare instructor, and curriculum manager for the Advanced Mission Commander Course.
In May, 2002 he reported to VAW-120 for refresher training in the E-2C Hawkeye and then joined the VAW-115 Liberty Bells in July, 2002 forward deployed in Atsugi, Japan. He initially served as the squadron Weapons and Tactics Instructor and Assistant Operations Officer and upon his promotion to Lieutenant Commander, served as the Quality Assurance Officer and Operations Officer.
In February, 2005 CAPT Trickel reported to the Naval War College in Newport, RI obtaining a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies as well as graduating from the Naval Operational Planner Course. Upon departure from the Naval War College, he reported to the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA completing Phase II of Joint Professional Military Education.
In June, 2006 he reported to Headquarters, United States Northern Command in Colorado Springs, CO as an action officer in the Strategy & Policy branch of the J5 Directorate. He served as the directorates counterdrug / counter narco-terrorism coordinator assisting in the development of the command’s plans and policies.
CAPT Trickel reported to VAW-117 as the Executive Officer in February, 2009 where he completed workups and an eight month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on USS NIMITZ (CVN-68). He assumed command as Commanding Officer in May of 2010.
In August 2011 CAPT Trickel returned to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center to head the E-2C Hawkeye Weapons School.
In September 2013 CAPT Trickel reported to CSG-15 as the head of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Syndicate where he mentored and evaluated numerous CSG and ARG staffs on Air and Missile Defense measures.
CAPT Trickel has accumulated over 2,700 flight hours and over 570 arrested landings. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, four Strike/Flight Air Medals, four Navy Commendation Medals (one with Combat “V”), Army Commendation Medal, two Navy Achievement Medals, and various unit and campaign awards. He and his wife Marla have a son Ryan and daughter Erin.