Lieutenant Joseph R. Rice
United States Navy
23rd Company Officer
United States Naval Academy
LT Rice is a native of Naples, Florida. He was commissioned on 28 May 2010 through the United States Naval Academy. After graduation LT Rice reported to Pensacola Florida where he completed Initial Flight Screening (IFS) and Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API). Following API LT Rice was sent to VT-6 in Milton Florida for the Primary portion of flight school and then to HT-28 to complete the Advanced portion of flight school as a helicopter pilot. LT Rice completed flight school and received his Wings of Gold on 8 April 2012.
Following flight school LT Rice was selected to be a MH-60S pilot in Norfolk, Virginia and reported to the Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) HSC-2 in April 2012. Having completed the syllabus at HSC-2 he was sent to Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE) school in Rangeley Maine in January 2013. LT Rice joined the Dusty Dogs of HSC-7 in Norfolk Virginia in February of 2013 as they prepared for their upcoming deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).
After reporting to HSC-7 LT Rice went underway on three separate detachments aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) and participated in the SUSTEX exercise with the Carrier Strike Group 10 (CSG-10). LT Rice deployed to the 5th Fleet AOR for 9 months with HSC-7 in July 2013 as part of Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) and Carrier Strike Group Ten in support of OEF. After returning home from deployment LT Rice went on to achieve Helicopter Aircraft Commander and earned his anti-surface warfare level III designation.
In 2016 LT Rice was selected for the LEAD Program at the United States Naval Academy. LT Rice graduated from The George Washington University with a master’s degree in Leadership Education and Development in 2017. In May 2017 LT Rice assumed the role of 23rd Company Officer at the United States Naval Academy.
LT Rice’s awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and numerous service awards.