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John Dyess

Tennessee Ambassador

John Dyess, Tennessee Ambassador

Name:  John L. Dyess 

Hometown: Franklin


Business Position:  President

Business Name and Address:  Dyess & Associates Tax Consultants 

Civilian Education:  BS Business Administration 

Organizations/Clubs/Philanthropies:  American Legion; East Tennessee Military Affairs Council; Red Cross; Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan; Salvation Army; Knoxville Volunteer Ministry; Knoxville Area Rescue Mission Civilian Honors:  Secretary of Defense Award for Outstanding Public Service; Tennessee Military Department’s Distinguished Patriot Award; DA Oustanding Civilian Service Medal; President's Volunteer Service Award Military Retirement Date, Date of Rank, Service and Key Positions: 30 November 1993, LTC, US Army Reserve 

Name of Spouse and Children: Wife- Sandy, Children- Beth, Laine, Allison, and Stephanie  

Army Reserve Ambassador John Dyess is from Knoxville, Tennessee.  His career as a member of the Army Reserve began with his enlistment in 1965 and ended with his retirement in 1993.  Early service was with the 360th Civil Affairs Brigade, then the 489th Civil Affairs Company.  Following several Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) assignments, including the Joint Staff, he finished his military career with the 125th Army Reserve Command Support. Since 1983, Ambassador Dyess has played an active leadership role in the Committee for Employer of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).  He served two terms as ESGR State Chair and continues to serve as a senior leader for this organization. He is active in outreach efforts elected officials, community and business leaders as well as support for commanders, units and soldiers throughout the Army Reserve. In addition to numerous military awards, he is the recipient of the Secretary of Defense Award for Outstanding Public Service, the Distinguished Patriot Award from the Tennessee Military Department and, most recently, the Department of the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal.  For his services in 2009, he was awarded the Presidents Volunteer Service Award.  This is his second such award.  As a soldier and as a volunteer he has been actively supporting the Army Reserve for 46% of its 106 year existence.