Captain Dickson is the Naval Base Point Loma Commanding Officer. He entered the Navy following high school graduation from Casper, Wyoming. He graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering. He has served for over twenty years as a Submarine Warfare Officer.
After basic submarine and nuclear training, his first assignment was onboard the USS KAMEHAMEHA (SSN 642), where he served as in a number of capacities including Damage Control Assistant. While on board, the ship conducted deployments to the Western Pacific supporting various Naval Special Warfare missions as the Pacific’s only Dual Dry Dock capable ship. In August, 1997 he reported to the University of Nebraska NROTC Unit as Assistant Professor of Naval Science, where he earned a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following advanced submarine officer training, he reported to the USS OHIO (SSBN 726) (Blue) as the Strategic Weapons Officer. He completed three patrols including the last C-4 Follow-on CINC Evaluation Test before entering shipyard to begin the USS OHIO’s conversion to become the first SSGN. He worked as a Submarine Ballistic Missile Planner assigned to United States Strategic Command from January 2004 until December 2005. Serving as the USS LA JOLLA (SSN 701) Executive Officer, he deployed to the Western Pacific in 2006. Following a tour as the Operations Officer for Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, he took command of the USS JEFFERSON CITY (SSN 759). Under his command, JEFFERSON CITY deployed to the Arabian Gulf in 2011-2012 earning a Meritorious Unit Citation and was awarded the Battle “E” for 2012. Following command of SSN 759, he served as the Deputy Commander for Training on the staff of Commander Submarine Squadron ELEVEN and as Director, Operational Support for the Chief of Naval Operations (N2/N6F21).
Captain Dickson is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal. The Naval Submarine League recognized him with the RADM Jack N. Darby award for inspirational leadership and excellence in command for the year 2013.