Command Master Chief

CMDCM Rick Dyksterhouse
U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command
Command Master Chief

A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Command Master Chief Rick Dyksterhouse enlisted in the Navy in January 1989. He attended Recruit Training in Orlando, Florida, Religious Program Specialist (RP) "A" School in Meridian, Mississippi, and Marine Corps School of Infantry in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He was selected for the Command Master Chief program in 2011.

His sea tours include Second Marine Division, where he deployed to Okinawa, Japan, and Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm; USS South Carolina (CGN 37), where he completed two Mediterranean cruises and was selected for Chief Petty Officer; III Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), deploying to operations and exercises throughout the Pacific; and as Command Master Chief of USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41).

His shore tours include: Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Mississippi; Commander, Amphibious Group TWO, Norfolk, Virginia; U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific and U.S. Pacific Command/U.S. Pacific Fleet, Honolulu, Hawaii; the Chief of Naval Operations staff as Senior Enlisted Leader for the Chief of Navy Chaplains and RP rating; and his current position on the Military Sealift Command staff.

Master Chief Dyksterhouse is a graduate of the Navy Senior Leadership Symposium (NSLS), Keystone Course (15-1), inaugural MCPON Executive Leadership Symposium, CMC/COB Course (56) and U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (NRC 23).

His personal decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal (3 Awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 Awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 Awards), Combat Action Ribbon, and various service and campaign awards. He received the first MCPON Del Black Deckplate Leadership Award in 2012.