Ricks was a crewmember aboard the colonization spacecraft USCSS Covenant. He was the husband of Upworth. He was serving on the Covenant during its disastrous voyage to Origae-6, during which it suffered several catastrophes that resulted in the loss of most of the ship's crew and its hijacking by David.
Ricks, along with his wife, remained on the Covenant in orbit while the ground team explored Planet 4. They were later killed together by the Xenomorph that was born aboard the vessel from Sergeant Lopé. Ricks was killed via a headbite, the Xenomorph's inner jaw entering the back of his head and exiting from his mouth.