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Commander Michael R. Dickenson currently serves as the Commanding Officer with the Navy Talent Acquisition Group Nashville in Tennessee.Commander Dickenson is a native of Superior, WI, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Master of Environmental Health and Safety from the University of Minnesota Duluth, and also holds a Master of Science in Operations Research from the Naval
Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
Initially enlisting in the Wisconsin Army National Guard in 1998, he deployed to Kuwait and Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 where his battalion built and repaired infrastructure, protected convoys, completed a multitude of engineering mission sets, and earned the Army's Meritorious Unit Commendation for a highly successful deployment.
After accepting a commission from the Navy's Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Program in 2005, Commander Dickenson was assigned to the Nuclear Power School in Charleston,
South Carolina where he served as a technical instructor, teaching both enlisted and officer students the fundamentals of Naval Nuclear Propulsion and completing the tour as the Assistant Director of
the Officer Department.
In 2010, Commander Dickenson transitioned into the Human Resource Community, where in his first assignment, he served as a Department Head at Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas. Following that tour and attending the Naval Post Graduate School, he reported to Navy Recruiting Command Headquarters in Millington, Tennessee. There he served as a Branch Head in Enlisted Programs, and then as the Director of Enlisted Programs, where his responsibilities included all Navy Active and Reserve Enlisted Accession Programs. In 2018, he assumed command of the Military Entrance Processing Station in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2020, he transitioned to the Bureau of Naval Personnel as the Head of Officer and Enlisted Retention Programs Analytics.
His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), the Army Achievement Medal, and various campaign, unit, and service awards.