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 of the nuclear attack submarine USS L. MENDEL RIVERS (SSN 686) home-ported 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. He has enjoyed more than 60 cruises throughout the Atlantic and Pacific, the Antarctic and the rivers of Europe!
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.