Chief Dan Hicks enlisted in the U.S. Navy on April 14, 2009, at MEPS Boston and completed his Recruit Training at RTC Great Lakes, Ill. He was selected for the extended Aerographer’s Mate (AG) “A” School training pipeline to mirror the Air Force training and qualify as a forecaster. After completion of AG “A” School, he went to a joint tour with the USAF supporting PACFLT and INDOPACOM at Hickam AFB, HI.
Following his shore tour, he attended AG “C” school in Biloxi, Miss. After graduation, he was assigned to Naval Oceanography Special Warfare Center (NOSWC) Detachment Norfolk operating out of Special Reconnaissence Team TWO (SRT-2), While there, he deployed with SEAL Team TEN (ST-10) supporting Special Operations Command Forward Carribbean (SOC-FWD CARIB). He was selected to Chief Petty Officer in September 2016, while assigned to SRT-2 and deployed with SEAL Team TWO (ST-2) supporting Special Operations Command Forward East Africa (SOC-FWD EA).
Following his sea tour, he reported to Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, Stennis Space Center, Miss. There he served as Commander Task Group (CTG) 80.7 Maritime Operations Center (MOC) Leading Chief Petty Officer and Battle Watch Captain (BWC). He currently serves as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader at Fleet Survey Team at Stennis Space Center, MS. He is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA), Advanced Forecasting Techniques (AFT), and earned his Bachelor of Administration in Business from Coastal Carolina University in 2006.
AGC Hicks is authorized to wear the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), Air Force Achievement Medal, and numerous campaign ribbons and unit awards.