Rear Adm. Rick Cheeseman is a native of Carney’s Point, New Jersey and a 1989 graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Program. In addition Cheeseman earned a Master's in Joint Campaign Planning and Strategy from the National Defense University’s Joint Advanced Warfighting School in 2007.
Cheeseman’s operational assignments include commanding two Aegis ships USS Monterey (CG-61) from November 2013 to August 2015 and USS Bulkeley (DDG-84) from December 2007 to May 2009; executive officer in USS Mahan (DDG-72); flag secretary to the Commander, Carrier Group 8; 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).
Cheeseman’s shore assignments include tours as the director, Surface Officer Career Management Division (PERS-41) at Navy Personnel Command; maritime operations center director for Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander U.S. 5th Fleet; deputy for manpower, training, and strategy in the Surface Warfare Division (N96) of the OPNAV Staff; head, Surface Warfare Junior Officer Assignments (PERS-412) and head, Surface Warfare Post-Department Head Assignments (PERS-411) at Navy Personnel Command, and officer-in-charge of the Naval Forces Korea Detachment in Chinhae, Republic of Korea. Cheeseman currently serves as the assistant commander, Navy Personnel Command for Career Management (PERS-4).
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit (three awards), 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.