Wayne Rickman hails from Neosho MO, where he graduated from Neosho High School in 1955. He attended the US Naval Academy graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1959. He received a Master's degree in Computer Management from U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey CA in 1970.
During his 31 years in the Navy, he had tours in destroyers and in nuclear submarines. He commanded the USS Henry Clay (SSBN-625) and was fortunate to command the commissioning crew of the USS Michigan (SSBN-727), the second Trident submarine. After an assignment as Special Assistant to Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion, DOE, he was selected to the Rank of Rear Admiral (LH). He then commanded the Naval Submarine Group NINE in Silverdale WA. He completed his Naval Service at Commander Training U.S. Atlantic Fleet, where he was responsible for 14 training centers and afloat training from Rhode Island to the Panama Canal.
Upon his retirement in 1990, he joined Sonalysts Inc. (a broad-based consulting company) where he became Vice President for Nuclear Operations. He consulted with the Department of Energy on various phases of management. His work started with DOE and K-Reactor restart. It evolved into Operational Readiness Reviews (ORRs) at all the major DOE sites. He also conducted Training reviews throughout the DOE major facilities. He is heavily involved with DOE Headquarters in execution of Integrated Safety Management verification reviews. He also assisted in operational improvements at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Technical Area 55, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Westinghouse Hanford Company's Plutonium Finishing Plant. After 10 years with Sonalysts, he formed Rickman Group and continued with similar work assignments.
He lives in Aiken with his wife Sharon and both are active in community activities.