Col Richard R. Dickens is the Commander, 505th Command and Control Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla. The mission of the 505 CCW is to advance, integrate and standardize training, tactics and testing for operational-level command of air, space and cyber power in the joint and coalition environment. As commander, Col Dickens is responsible for developing the combat capability of the Air and Space Operations Center and leading the Air Force's Distributed Mission Operations and live, virtual and constructive capabilities. The 505th CCW is comprised of the 505th Training Group at Hurlburt Field, Fla., 505th Test and Evaluation Group at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., and Detachment 1, 505 CCW at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Col Dickens received a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1994. He entered the Air Force through commission from Officer Training School in 1997 and is a graduate of both Joint Undergraduate Navigator Training at NAS Pensacola in 1998 and Joint Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance AFB in 2002.
Since pilot training, Col Dickens has served in various positions, including Flight Commander, Wing Director of Staff, Strategy Plans Team Chief, Squadron Operations Officer, Fighter Squadron Commander, and Operations Group Commander. He is a Command Pilot and previous Instructor Pilot with more than 2,600 hours in the F-15E, including 688 combat hours. He has participated in Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, and FREEDOM’S SENTINEL. Col Dickens is a graduate of Air Command and Staff College, the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, and National War College.