Cmdr. Troy Wilcox is a native of Durango, CO and enlisted in the Delayed Entry Program as an Aviation Anti-Submarine Warfare Technician (AX), leaving for Boot Camp in San Diego, California in June of 1985.
Upon graduation from Boot Camp, he attended schools in Millington, TN and Virginia Beach, VA before reporting to his first duty station, Anti-Submarine Warfare Operations Center (ASWOC) Det Agana, Guam in January 1987.
From there, he was accepted into the Navy’s Enlisted Educational Advancement Program (EEAP) where he attended San Diego City College and Mesa College, earning an associate degree in Electronics Technology.
In March 1991, he reported to the USS Ranger (CV-61) where he worked in OED division, as a technician in the Anti-Submarine Warfare Module (ASWMod). Accepted into the Enlisted Commissioning Program, he transferred in June 1993 to attend the University of Washington, earning a Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Sciences, and a commission as an Ensign in June 1996.
The next two years were spent in Flight School at Pensacola, FL, flying the T-34C Mentor turboprop aircraft of VT-2 and the TH-57 Jet Ranger helicopters of HT-18, thereby entering the realm of unrestricted naval aviation. He earned his Wings of Gold and was designated a Naval Aviator in August 1998.
Wilcox then reported to HS-10, back in San Diego again, for initial training in the H-60 Seahawk helicopter. Upon completion of the FRS in September 1998, he reported to the Black Knights of HS-4 where he served as the Schedules Officer, Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Officer, Assistant Operations Officer and Quality Assurance Officer (QAO).
Unwilling to stray too far from the cockpit, he took a job at Helicopter Anti-Submarine Wing Pacific (HSWINGPAC) as the Assistant Operations and Training and Readiness Officer in March 2003 and continued to fly as an Instructor Pilot (IP) and Functional Check Pilot (FCP) at HS-10.
In November 2005 he attended Tactical Action Officer (TAO) school in Newport, RI and subsequently reported to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76). Assigned as TAO and Assistant Operations Officer, he was hand-picked to step in as the Graphics Media Department Head during the ship’s maiden deployment.
Upon return from deployment, he reported back to HS-10 once again and served as the Training Officer until being selected for his Department Head tour with the Screamin’ Indians of HS-6. As an Indian, he served the tribe as their Training & Standardization Officer, Administration Officer, and concluded his tour as the Maintenance Officer.
Following a successful Department Head tour, Wilcox found his way to the desert Southwest and the Joint Interoperability Testing Command (JITC), at Fort Huachuca, in Sierra Vista, Arizona, where he held positions as Joint Test Officer, Force Protection/Force Application Portfolio Chief, Warfighter Support Division Chief, and Operations Division Chief where he was hand picked to stand up the command’s Operations Division. While stationed at historic Fort Huachuca, he volunteered to ride as a Trooper for B Troop, 4th U.S. Cavalry (Memorial) - an active US Army equestrian unit, charged with promoting the heritage and traditions of the US Cavalry in the Arizona Territory in the 1880s. He was eventually chosen to serve as commanding officer. He then served as Strike Operations Officer onboard the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan, homeported in Yokosuka, Japan.
He is currently serving as Chief of Staff for Commander, Navy Region Northwest.