Captain Richard J. Cheeseman Jr.
Maritime Operations Center Director, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command
Captain Rick Cheeseman is a native of Carney’s Point, New Jersey and a 1989 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Program. In addition, Captain Cheeseman earned a Master's Degree in Joint Campaign Planning and Strategy from the National Defense University’s Joint Advanced Warfighting School in 2007.
At sea, Captain Cheeseman’s commanded two AEGIS Ships - USS MONTEREY (CG 61) from November 2013 to August 2015 and USS BULKELEY (DDG 84) from December 2007 to May 2009. Other afloat tours include Executive Officer in USS MAHAN (DDG 72), Flag Secretary to the Commander in CARRIER GROUP EIGHT, Operations Officer in DESTROYER SQUADRON EIGHTEEN and USS NICHOLAS (FFG 47), Navigator in USS STOUT (DDG 55), and Boilers Officer, Main Propulsion Assistant, and Liquid Cargo Officer in USS SAVANNAH (AOR 4).
Ashore, he most recently served as Deputy for Manpower, Training, and Strategy in the Surface Warfare Division (N96) of the OPNAV Staff. Other tours include service as Head, Surface Warfare Junior Officer Assignments (PERS-412) and Head, Surface Warfare Post-Department Head Assignments (PERS-411) at Naval Personnel Command and as Officer in Charge of the Naval Forces Korea Detachment in Chinhae, Republic of Korea.
Captain Cheeseman reported to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in August 2015.
Captain Cheeseman’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) and various unit and expeditionary awards.