An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Captain Grahame Dicks

A native of La Canada, California, CAPT Dicks was commissioned in May 1996 and upon completion of flight training in June 1998, was designated a naval aviator and selected to fly the SH-60B Seahawk.

CAPT Dicks’ at sea assignments include tours with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron LIGHT FOUR SIX (HSL-46) where he completed the Seahawk Weapons & Tactics Instructor course and was named Pilot of the Year for 2001; Commander, Strike Force Training Atlantic where he served as Flag Aide; and HSL-44 where he served as the Officer-in-Charge of Detachment TWO onboard USS Monterey (CG 61) and as the squadron Maintenance Officer. During these assignments, CAPT Dicks completed multiple deployments to the FIFTH and SIXTH Fleet Areas of Responsibility.

Ashore, CAPT Dicks has served with Air Test and Evaluation Squadron ONE (VX-1) at NAS Patuxent River, MD where he was assigned to the MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopter program; served at the Joint Staff, Joint Operations Directorate (J-3), as Operations Officer and Deputy Division Chief for the European Command and NATO division; and at the Nimitz Operational Intelligence Center, Office of Naval Intelligence where he served as the Deputy, Naval Warfare and Director, Air Warfare/SPEAR.  

CAPT Dicks has twice had the honor of command. Operationally, he served as the 23rd commander of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron FOUR-SIX (HSM-46) in Mayport, FL.  During his time in the command, HSM-46 achieved significant success as back-to-back winners of both the Battle “E” and the Sikorsky Golden Wrench Award for Maintenance Excellence, as well as other unit level awards.  Ashore in major command, CAPT Dicks led Naval Support Activity Washington (NSAW) from July 2018 to June 2021.  Headquartered at the Washington Navy Yard, NSAW is responsible for the oversight and operations at seven fence lines in the National Capital Region as well as 34 executive homes including the Navy’s senior leaders and the Vice President’s Residence.  CAPT Dicks assumed his current duties as Chief of Staff, Naval District Washington in December of 2021.

CAPT Dicks graduated with merit from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and holds a Master’s Degree in Diplomacy (Conflict Management & Resolution), with honors, from Norwich University.  He is also a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and Joint Forces Staff College.   

CAPT Dicks’ personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd award), Air Medal (two Strike/Flight awards), Navy and Marine Commendation Medal (4th award), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2nd award) as well as numerous other campaign and unit awards. 

Last Updated: 17 May 2022


Google Translation Disclaimer

  • Google Translate, a third party service provided by Google, performs all translations directly and dynamically.
  • Commandant, Naval District Washington, has no control over the features, functions, or performance of the Google Translate service.
  • The automated translations should not be considered exact and should be used only as an approximation of the original English language content.
  • This service is meant solely for the assistance of limited English-speaking users of the website.
  • Commandant, Naval District Washington, does not warrant the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of any information translated.
  • Some items cannot be translated, including but not limited to image buttons, drop down menus, graphics, photos, or portable document formats (pdfs).
  • Commandant, Naval District Washington, does not directly endorse Google Translate or imply that it is the only language translation solution available to users.
  • All site visitors may choose to use similar tools for their translation needs. Any individuals or parties that use Commandant, Naval District Washington, content in translated form, whether by Google Translate or by any other translation services, do so at their own risk.
  • IE users: Please note that Google Translate may not render correctly when using Internet Explorer. Users are advised to use MS Edge, Safari, Chrome, or Firefox browser to take full advantage of the Google Translate feature.
  • The official text of content on this site is the English version found on this website. If any questions arise related to the accuracy of the information contained in translated text, refer to the English version on this website, it is the official version.

Naval District Washington   |   1411 Parsons Ave SE Suite 200   |   Washington DC, 20374-5001
Official U.S. Navy Website