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Captain Charles E. Dickerson Jr.

Executive Officer, USNS Comfort

01 August 2022
Capt. Charles E Dickerson Jr.
Capt. Charles E Dickerson Jr.
Capt. Charles E Dickerson Jr.
Capt. Charles E Dickerson Jr.
Capt. Charles E Dickerson Jr.
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VIRIN: 220802-N-IS698-0001
Capt. Charles Dickerson enlisted in the U.S, Navy as an undesignated seaman recruit in 1993. He shortly thereafter entered the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) program, and was honorably discharged to the reserves in late 1994, earning a Nurse Candidate NROTC Scholarship from BOOST. He attended the University of Memphis as an NROTC midshipman, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree and was commissioned in December 1999. He reported to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in January, 2000 and was eventually assigned to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) becoming certified as a CCRN. In March 2003 he was deployed to An-Nasiriya, Iraq as an ICU nurse with Fleet Hospital 3. In December 2003, he reported to Naval Hospital Yokosuka, working as an ICU nurse, case manager and General Surgery Clinic sedation nurse.

In April, 2007 he reported to the US 7th Fleet command (CTF-70) onboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) as the Ship’s Nurse, earning his Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer (SWMDO) pin. When CV-63 was slated to be decommissioned, he cross-decked with CTF-70 to the USS George Washington (CVN-73) in July, 2008 and transitioned the ship to Yokosuka, Japan during its historic move as the first nuclear powered vessel to be homeported in Japan. After 5 and a half years forward deployed overseas, with multiple sea deployments, he was accepted into DUINS for Nurse Anesthesia at the Uniformed Services University of Health Science in May, 2009 and graduated with a Master of Science in Anesthesia in December 2011.

His initial CRNA credentialing tour at Naval Medical Center San Diego in January 2012 afforded him an opportunity to be the Division Officer of the Anesthesia department. In January 2013 he volunteered to be the Anesthesia Officer onboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) until December, 2013. In April, 2014 he transferred to Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms as staff CRNA and Senior Nurse Special Assistant to the Senior Nurse Executive. In 2016 he reported to Naval Hospital Rota and became Department Head of the Main Operating room, and competitively selected as Director of Clinical Support Services. In August 2018 he reported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as assistant Chief CRNA. In September 2018 he was selected to the position of Deputy Director for Nursing and later Department Chief, Main Operating Room in February 2019. On April 1st 2019 he was deployed on the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) for its historic around the world change of port cruise that became one of the longest aircraft carrier deployments since the Vietnam War. After returning to duty at Walter Reed in March 2020, he was hand-picked to become the Interim Senior Nurse Executive for the National Capitol Region Market of the Defense Health Agency, and conceptualized the NCR Market’s COVID19 contingency staffing expansion plan which became the DHA template for crisis staffing. During that time, he also completed his Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice degree from Missouri State University.

CAPT Dickerson’s personal awards include two Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, six Navy Commendation Medals, four Navy Achievement Medals, Humanitarian Service Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Battle “E”, Fleet Marine Force Ribbon, and Global War on Terrorism Service and Expeditionary Medals. He is the national winner of the 2005 Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award for patient centered actions during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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