Chief of US Government Operations
Lt COL (Ret) Richard (Rick) Schilke serves as the Chief Business Development Officer for Nishati, where he is responsible for business relationships and sales with US Government customers, including helping the Government develop and address energy needs and to oversee the development of solutions and products that can be used to meet Government needs.
Lt COL (Ret) Schilke joined Nishati after a distinguished 20-year career as an active duty Marine Corps officer. Lt COL (Ret) Schilke served as an F/A-18D aviator and Environmental Engineering Management Officer. During his time in the cockpit, Rick accrued more than 2,000 flying hours as a Weapon Systems Officer, including 140 combat missions that spanned Operations Allied Force (Serbia/Kosovo) and Iraqi Freedom. He participated in multiple Western Pacific deployments and multinational theater engagement exercises, and in 2012 he deployed to Afghanistan to coordinate solar and hybrid power system evaluations and fielding.
In Lt COL (Ret) Schilke’s final assignment he served as the first Requirements and Technology Branch Head in the newly formed USMC Expeditionary Energy Office (E2O). There he helped to implement a strategy for enhancing operational capabilities and reducing energy logistics risks through improved weapon system and equipment energy performance, fielding battlefield-appropriate renewable energy solutions, and instilling an ethos that valued energy as a key element of combat effectiveness. He was the principle author for the Initial Capabilities Document for Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy, Water, and Waste, and for Marine Corps Order 3900.19, the first Department of Defense service directive and best-practice guidance establishing a process and methods for integrating capability-based, data-driven energy performance attributes into requirements and acquisition decisions. In addition to leading development of several warfighting system and system of systems energy performance requirements, Rick led a joint Army and Marine Corps effort in 2013 to define the operational context and requirements for a family of deployable hybrid and microgrid power systems.
Rick is a distinguished graduate of both the United States Naval Academy and United States Air Force Institute of Technology, and a graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN).