Honoring Admiral Camacho
Admiral Camacho to be Honorary Ride Marshal for Annual Warrior Ride on June 8th
Serve Our Willing Warriors is pleased to announce retired Admiral Dick Camacho as the 2019 Warrior Ride Honorary Marshal. Admiral Camacho honorably served in the U.S. Navy for 30 years.
On December 7th, 1941, he was living in Honolulu during the attack on Pearl Harbor. His father was a machine shop supervisor at the Pearl Harbor Navy Shipyard and assisted for two days in putting out fires and clearing up the damage. As an eight year old boy, he witnessed first hand the effects of “the day that will live in infamy” and resiliency of the United States Naval forces.
His ties to the Navy led him to join the Naval Reserve Officer program at the University of New Mexico, where he graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He also received Naval Postgraduate Education where he earned a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering and later completed Harvard Business School’s Management Development Program.
Admiral Camacho’s Naval assignments have led him from the Arctic Ocean to the Pacific waters of Hawaii. He has served aboard the USS Requisite and the USS Gudgeon. Admiral Camacho served an assignment as one of Admiral Hyman G. Rickover’s right hand officers during his storied years of service as the “Father of the Nuclear Navy”. Commands Admiral Camacho has supported include the Naval Sea Systems Command, Submarine Forces Atlantic and Mare Island Naval Shipyard. He has served as Commander of the Charleston Naval Shipyard and the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. While commanding Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, he had additional responsibilities as Supervisor of Shipbuilding in charge of the Hawaii Private Sector, and Commander, Naval Sea Systems Western Pacific.
After his retirement from the Navy, Admiral Camacho continued his relationship with the Navy as a government contractor with Southwest Marine which later became BAE Systems where he served as V.P. of Government Business Development. He currently is the President and CEO of Kona Bay Strategies which provides management consulting services to ship repair and ship builders.
Admiral Camacho currently resides in Gainesville with his wife, Norma Jean.