CDR Arcelia Wicker
Assistant Officer-in-Charge, Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit TWO


A native of Wilmington, North  Carolina,  Commander  Wicker  earned  his Bachelor of Science from  Hampton  University  and  a  master’s degree in public administration from Old Dominion University.Upon graduation from Hampton University in 1997, where he was a midshipman, Wicker received his commission as an ensign in the Surface Warfare community. He attended Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, Rhode Island, and upon completion, reported to his first ship, the USS Portland (LSD-37) as the P-2 engine room division officer. In 2000, he reported to the USS Simpson (FFG-56), where he served as the fire control officer. After two successful sea tours, Wicker reported to the Fleet Combat Training Center Atlantic in 2001.  There he served as curriculum developer and lead instructor for the Global Command and Control Systems Program, earning the distinction of master training specialist. During his tour, Wicker attended graduate school, and upon graduating in 2003 made a lateral transfer to the Medical Service Corps (MSC).

CDR Wicker’s first tour as an MSC officer was at the Naval School of Health Sciences in Portsmouth, Virginia, where he served as the director for resource management. In 2006, he reported to Naval Hospital Sigonella in Sicily, Italy, where he served as the head of patient administration and TRICARE Services.

After a successful overseas tour, he relocated to Beaufort, South Carolina, where he served in a variety of roles, including the director of healthcare operations, deputy comptroller and head of Plans Analysis and Evaluation. Midway through his tour at Naval Hospital Beaufort, Wicker deployed with the USNS Comfort as the data analyst in support of Continuing Promise, a medical-humanitarian mission throughout South and Central America, Jamaica and Haiti. He then reported to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) in 2012, where he served as the head of Administrative Support Services. Wicker then served as Navy Medicine’s first global health fellow at the Defense Security Cooperation Agency as a result of his selection for duty under instruction. Upon completion of his fellowship, in 2015, he served as the deputy director for the Office of Global Health Engagement at BUMED. In 2018, Wicker was selected as the Officer in Charge of the Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Corpus Christi, San Antonio Detachment. In 2020, he returned to the East Coast and is now serving as the Assistant Officer in Charge at Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit Two located in Norfolk, Virginia.
His personal awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), the Surface Warfare Officer qualification and various other service and unit awards.

He is married to Thomasena P. Wicker.  They have two daughters, Reese (11) and Leah (6). ‚Äč

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