USS Asheville (SSN 758)

Submarine Squadron 15

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CDR Thomas Dixon

Commanding Officer, USS Asheville

Commander Thomas T. Dixon, a native of Orange County California, graduated from the University of California, graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a Bachelor of Scince in Mechanical Engineering. He received a Master’s Degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the same university. Later, he received his commission at Officer Candidate School, Pensacola.

A career submariner, he served as a division officer on USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705), homeported in Apra Harbor, Guam. As a department head, he served on USS Chicago (SSN 721) as the Navigator/Operations Officer, also homeported in Apra Harbor, Guam. Additionally, he served as the Executive Officer on USS Ohio (SSGN 726), homeported in Bremerton, Washington.

For shore duty assignments, subsequent to his division officer tour, he served as an Electronic Warfare Officer with US Forces, Iraq in Mosul and Baghdad. Following this, he served as an Anti-Submarine Warfare instructor with the Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command, San Diego.

After his department head tour, he served as a Campaign Analyst at OPNAV N81 Budget Assessments in the Pentagon, specializing in Operations Analysis during three POM cycles. Following his Executive Officer tour, he served as a military fellow in the Strategy, Forces, and Resources Division at Institute for Defense Analysis. Following this, he was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Naval Personnel as Special Assistant for Legislative Matters during another three POM cycles.

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit and numerous other personal and campaign awards. However, he is most proud of earning the 2013 and 2014 Commander, Submarine Squadron 15 Navigation Red and Green “N” with his shipmates on USS Chicago and the 2017 Commander, Submarine Squadron 19 Battle Efficiency “E” with his shipmates on USS Ohio.