Russell A. (Rusty) Pickett is a retired career Naval officer, having spent more than 26 years as a Submariner. He served in a variety of assignments across the country including Headquarters staffs in Washington DC and Norfolk, Virginia . He was Captain/Commanding Officer of the nuclear attack submarine USS L. MENDEL RIVERS (SSN 686) homeported in Charleston, South Carolina, as well as Submarine Training Facility, Charleston South Carolina and Navy ROTC at the University of Notre Dame. As a result of his military experience, Rusty has traveled extensively around the world to all seven continents, more than 60 countries and all 50 states. He has enjoyed more than 80 cruises throughout the Atlantic and Pacific, the Antarctic; and rivers of Europe, Southeast Asia and China!
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior from Yale University and has a Master of Business Administration degree from Charleston Southern University.
He was designated a “Shellback” aboard USS William H. Bates (SSN 680) in the Pacific Ocean in 1985.
Rusty is very active in the community, having held/holding leadership positions in Kiwanis Club of Charleston; Carolinas District of Kiwanis International, Knights of Columbus; South Carolina Chapter of the Naval Submarine League, Charleston Base - United States Submarine Veterans Incorporated, and The Yale Alumni Club of Charleston.