Rear Adm. Dodgen is a native of Sherman, Texas, and a 1990 graduate of the University of Texas, with Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He holds a Master’s in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.
As a junior officer, he earned his Surface Warfare Officer qualification aboard USS Carr (FFG 52) during Operation Desert Storm, and additionally served on USS Fahrion (FFG 22).
Dodgen has served as commanding officer in 10 tours, representing our Navy, joint forces and national interests at sea and in 36 countries. He led reserve operational support to U.S. 7th Fleet, Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet, Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, U.S. European Command J-6 and Naval Surface Forces Pacific. Additionally, he commanded Maritime Expeditionary Boat Division 42, Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 12, Navy Operational Support Center Bangor, Maine and units supporting Patrol Coastal class ships and mine assembly forces.
Staff tours have included U.S. 2nd Fleet and Naval Forces Europe/U.S. 6th Fleet. In support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom he mobilized twice to serve on the staff of Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet, and subsequently at U.S. Embassies Port Louis, Mauritius and Antananarivo, Madagascar supporting Commander Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa.
As a flag officer, he previously served as deputy commander, U.S. 7th Fleet..
Rear Adm. Dodgen is a former member of the Commander Navy Reserve Force Policy Board.
His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and other various personal decorations and campaign medals. He is the recipient of the Department of State Meritorious Honor Award.