Rear Admiral Hicks, a native of Henderson, Ky., graduated from the University of Louisville in 1976 earning a degree in International Studies and Economics and was commissioned through the NROTC. His first assignment was to USS Schenectady (LST 1185) serving as Navigator and Gunnery Officer. He was then assigned to USS Francis Marion (LPA 249) in 1978 as Navigator and Main Propulsion Assistant.
From October 1979 to October 1981, Rear Adm. Hicks was assigned to the Office of the Naval Inspector General, serving as Aide/Administrative Assistant. After a short assignment in USS Valdez (FF 1096), he completed Surface Warfare Officers Department Head School in August 1982 and was assigned as Operations Officer in USS Caron (DD 970). In April 1984, Rear Adm. Hicks was reassigned to USS Kidd (DDG 993) as Operations Officer.
Rear Adm. Hicks was then ordered in April 1986 as Operations Officer to Commander, Destroyer Squadron Ten. In September 1987, he returned to Caron as Executive Officer. In November 1988 he was ordered to the staff of Commander Second Fleet as Flag Secretary. In November 1990, Rear Adm. Hicks was assigned to the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C., serving as a requirements and programmatic action officer in support of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC).
In January 1994, Rear Adm. Hicks assumed command of USS Hayler (DD 997). During his tour, Hayler was awarded two Battle Efficiency “E” awards.
In December 1995 he was ordered to the staff of Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Group Eight/Eisenhower Battle Group as Surface Operations Officer and later as Operations Officer. In November 1997, he was assigned to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in the Theater Air Warfare Directorate as the BMC3/Joint C4I Requirements Officer.
Rear Adm. Hicks commanded USS Cape St. George (CG 71) from August 1999 to September 2001. During this period, the ship completed a Mediterranean Sea/Indian Ocean deployment as Air Defense Commander of the Eisenhower Battle Group, and participated in the Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) Operational Evaluation and Battle Operations. The ship was awarded the Battle “E” and was the Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Battenburg Cup nominee for CY 2000.
Rear Adm. Hicks was also the Director for Network Systems/Integration (N766) for the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations from September 2001 to November 2002. He was also a Fellow in the 2002-2003 Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Seminar XXI program and was selected to flag rank by the Fiscal Year 2002 flag selection board. Recently relieved as the Deputy Commander, Warfare Systems Engineering (SEA06) in the Naval Sea Systems Command and Commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Rear Adm. Hicks has assumed responsibilities in the Pentagon as the Deputy Director for Combat Systems and Weapons in the Surface Warfare Directorate of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N76F).
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit (with three gold stars), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with three gold stars), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with two gold stars) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Updated: 15 November 2004