A native of La Canada, California, CAPT Dicks was commissioned in May 1996 and upon completion of flight training in June 1998, was designated a naval aviator and selected to fly the SH-60B Seahawk.
CAPT Dicks reported for his first sea tour with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron LIGHT FOUR SIX (HSL-46) in March 1999. During his tour with the Grandmasters, he completed two deployments with the THEODORE ROOSEVELT Battle Group onboard the USS LEYTE GULF (CG 55) and USS HAYLER (DD 997) in support of Operations ALLIED FORCE/NOBLE ANVIL, SOUTHERN WATCH and ENDURING FREEDOM. During this tour CAPT Dicks graduated from the Seahawk Weapons & Tactics Instructor (SWTI) Course and was named the HSL-46 Pilot of the Year for 2001.
Upon detaching from HSL-46 in June 2002, CAPT Dicks reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron ONE (VX-1) at NAS Patuxent River, MD. During this tour, CAPT Dicks qualified as an aircraft commander in all five Navy H-60 variants (B/F/H/S/R) and was primarily assigned to the MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopter program serving as the Operational Test Director (OTD) for the Acoustics System, Developmental Test/Operational Test Liaison Officer, and finally as Assistant MH-60R Program OTD. He next received orders to the staff of Commander, Strike Force Training Atlantic where he served as Flag Aide from November 2005 to February 2007.
CAPT Dicks was next assigned to the Swamp Foxes of HSL-44, where he completed a deployment as the Officer-in-Charge of HSL-44 Detachment TWO onboard USS MONTEREY (CG 61) and served as the squadron Maintenance Officer. From November 2009 to August 2012, CAPT Dicks returned to shore duty and served at the Joint Staff, Joint Operations Directorate (J-3), as Operations Officer and Deputy Division Chief for the European Command and NATO division.
While assigned to the Joint Staff, CAPT Dicks was selected for operational aviation command and was slated to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron FOUR-SIX (HSM-46) in Mayport, FL. Following transition training in the MH-60R, he served as Executive Officer from May 2013 to August 2014, and commanded the Grandmasters from August 2014 to November 2015. During his time in the command, HSM-46 achieved significant success as back-to-back winners of both the Battle “E” and the Sikorsky Golden Wrench Award for Maintenance Excellence, as well as winners of the Isabell Trophy for Tactical Excellence, the Retention Excellence Award, the Medical Blue “M” and Silver “H”, as well as the CNO Aviation Safety Award.
Following his command tour, CAPT Dicks was assigned to the Nimitz Operational Intelligence Center, Office of Naval Intelligence where he served as the Deputy, Naval Warfare and Director, Air Warfare/SPEAR.
CAPT Dicks graduated with merit from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and holds a Master’s Degree in Diplomacy (Conflict Management & Resolution), with honors, from Norwich University.
CAPT Dicks’ personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd award), Air Medal (two Strike/Flight awards), Navy and Marine Commendation Medal (4th award), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2nd award) as well as numerous other campaign and unit awards.