A Lifetime of Service

by Terry Watson | March 13th, 2014
Ryan Dixon

Ryan Dixon

The teamwork, camaraderie, discipline, and sense of pride are many things that the United States Armed Forces has to offer. For Greensboro native Ryan Dixon, they’ve kept him on a successful path of a 20 year career as an officer in the Air Force. He has traveled to many places around the world and has been deployed to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Cuba, and Iraq. Dixon has accomplished a great amount also while enlisted including Outstanding Meritorious Unit, Senior Non Commissioned Officer (SNCO) for the Year, NCO of the Year. Additionally, Dixon obtained a B.S. Degree in Workforce Education and Development with honors.
After graduating from James B. Dudley High School of Greensboro in 1991, Dixon knew that he wanted to do something important with his life. He could have stayed in Greensboro, but as time passed and a few years flew by, he decided to pursue a career in the military.

That was a good decision for Dixon. Why? The United States Air Force has allowed him the opportunity to excel and learn valuable job skills. They offer 100% tuition assistance for education (that’s how he got his degree), 30 days paid vacation a year and the opportunity to see the world and get paid while doing so. Dixon will also be able to retire at young age and start another career. “It has been well worth it, but there are many sacrifices that I have made like deploying to a combat zone, missing holidays and my kid’s birthdays, and working long hours,” says Dixon.

The feeling of family, regardless of the many differences, people of all walks in life come together and serve as a family away from their actual homes in the military. Dixon’s plans are to return home to Greensboro in June to possibly work in the Logistics Field (his military occupation) or Workforce Education Development. “After going around the world, there is still no place like home. My family and I are really excited about coming back home and being apart of our great community,” he says.
He has been married to Cherri Dixon for 15 years, whom he met on his first military duty assignment at Charleston AFB, S.C. A great example of a blended family, They have three step-children and three children. Dixon lost his father, James Micheal Dixon when he was only 15, and says he admires his mother Eunice Day for instilling a sense of compassion, good work ethic, and perseverance into him and his other siblings.

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