"The Navy is a laboratory for leadership."
Rank/Rate: Lieutenant Commander, Navy Oceanographer
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Damon Dixon has proven his leadership abilities, serving as both an Oceanography Officer in the U.S. Navy and competing in sprint, Olympic, and half- and full-Ironman distance triathlons. Dixon grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and attended the United States Naval Academy, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in oceanography in 1995. While attending the Academy, Dixon was a wide receiver on the varsity football team, twice named Player of the Game vs. Army and is currently the fourth-leading receiver in Naval Academy history with 102 receptions. He also has a master’s degree in oceanography and meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School and a master of business administration (MBA) from UC-Irvine.
Currently, Damon works at the NAVSPECWARCOM as the FORCE Oceanographer/Deputy Technical Special Reconnaissance Officer. He also has additional duties as the executive officer of the Naval Oceanography Special Warfare Center, where he manages 100 personnel, ensuring they are manned, trained and equipped to support Global Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Forces.
LCDR Dixon’s best and most rewarding experience in the Navy was participating in the Lebanon Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation (NEO), where he was part of COMMANDER TASK FORCE FIVE NINE (CTF 59) deployed to Cyprus. There, he coordinated the assisted departure of more than 14,000 American citizens from Lebanon (the second-largest assisted departure since the Korean War). During the tour, he was also the future Ops and Plans Officer for the Oil Platform Detachment (OPLAT) defense task force assigned to train Iraqi Navy and Marines to defend the two key oil platforms in the Northern Arabian Gulf.
Participating in the 2007 Ironman World Championship was an incredible and life-changing experience for LCDR Dixon. He dedicated the race to a fallen Naval Academy classmate, a Force Recon Marine who died while fighting in Baghdad, Iraq, on May 11, 2007, raising nearly $10,000 for his classmate’s daughter.