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Commander Rick “Tricky” Dorsey is a native of Miami, Fla., and enlisted in May 2001 through Navy Recruiting District Miami after six years as a newspaper sports reporter. He promoted to petty officer second class in three years as an aviation electronics technician and completed his Bachelor of Science in journalism from Northwestern University and Excelsior College in 2002. He commissioned through officer candidate school in November 2004. He is a 2016 graduate of the Naval War College’s Command and Staff College, where he earned a Masters in national security and strategic studies and completed joint professional military education Phase I.
He earned his Naval flight officer wings in 2006 and trained in the P-3C Pelican. He joined the “Tridents” of Patrol Squadron 26 in Brunswick, Maine, in 2007, where he served as an aircraft navigator, tactical officer, and mission commander during deployments to the Qatar, Djibouti, Iraq, and Italy in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.
His first shore duty took him to the Chief of Naval Operations staff, where he worked as an action officer in the global force management branch (N312). During his stint at the Pentagon, he volunteered for an individual augmentation with Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT) at Al-Udeid Air Force Base, Qatar. He returned from his eight-month IA and was hired as the flag aide to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans, and Strategy (N3/N5). In that role, he served as a flag aide for three Vice Admirals.
He returned to sea as a catapult and arresting gear officer on board USS Nimitz (CVN-68), Everett, Wash., where he served as the V-2 and V-4 division officer during the 2013 deployment. Selected for aviation operational department head, he trained in the P-8A Poseidon and re-joined Patrol Squadron 26 in Jacksonville, Fla. There he served as the squadron’s tactics officer, CTG operations officer, future operations officer, and maintenance officer. The Tridents deployed to Japan in 2017, where he served as the officer-in-charge for detachments to the Philippines and Guam; and deployed to Italy in 2018, where he was officer-in-charge for a detachment to Iceland.
Upon completion of his department head tour, he arrived at Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tenn., in November 2018 and served as shore station and acquisitions placement Officer (PERS 444F). He then spent a year as executive assistant to the assistant commander for career management (PERS-4). He was selected for lateral transfer in to the human resources community in September 2020. His current assignment is as commanding officer at Navy Talent Acquisition Group Red River in Dallas, Texas.
Commander Dorsey’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (three strike/flight), a Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), a Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), a Good Conduct Medal, and numerous unit, campaign, and service awards.