A 2-time veteran serving over 17 years in both the United States Marine Corp and the United States Army Reserve, Byron Dickens has faithfully and diligently served this country and now he wants to serve his community. Over his career Mr. Dickens has demonstrated an uncanny ability to be extremely adaptable, resourceful, and show good judgment in uncommon or impractical situations. He is now making an honest effort to serve the great citizens of Jackson County District 5. His experience is vast and wide, however, a humble and relentless hard-work ethic are some of the key fundamental attributes that make him who he is. No matter the challenge, throughout his entire career he has proven that he is an incredible asset anywhere he goes and he executes every task with an elite level of professionalism.
Born in Tallahassee Florida, Mr. Dickens grew up “on both sides of the river” as he puts it. His mother Laverne Nealey (of Chattahoochee, FL.) and father Frank Dickens (of Greenwood, FL) divorced when he was at a very young age. While both shared custody, he spent his adolescence and teenage years living in Chattahoochee while spending weekends, holidays and summers in Greenwood, FL. “Jackson County has always been my second home”, says Mr. Dickens.
In 2001, 7 days after graduating High School, he left for Parris Island, SC to become a U.S. Marine. While attending Marine Combat Training (MCT) the attacks of “9-11” occurred. It was at this moment Mr. Dickens’ patriotism would be put the ultimate test and he immediately decided that he was ready for the challenge. After graduating Military Occupational School as a M1A1 Tank crewman in Ft. Knox, Kentucky, he returned home to reside in Greenwood, FL for good.
While integrating back into civilian life he attended TCC then later transferred to Chipola College while working various small jobs. The summer of 2003 he went on his first deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His unit, C Co. 8th Tank Battalion, deployed to the Horn of Africa and took post as 1st Provisional Security Company securing the base of Camp Lemonier in Djibouti, Africa.
Returning home, his unit was reorganized and transitioned to – E Co. Antiterrorism Force Protection where he finished his last 3 years. He then met the love of his life, Ashley Moore, while attending Chipola College and in 2009 they married. Shortly after they welcomed the birth of their first child, son Byron Dickens, Jr.
He joined the U.S. Army Reserve as an air traffic controller one year prior in 2008. In January 2012, 5 days after the birth of their twin daughters, Ariah and Arielle Dickens, he left for his second deployment with the 2-58th Airfield Operations Battalion to Camp Buehring, Kuwait providing air traffic operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Returning home he received an Associate of Arts Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies at Grantham University and went on to rise to Senior Supervisor over all Unit Staff Functions; which included S1 Administration, S2 Security, S3 Operations, S4 Logistics, etc. In May of 2016 he and his wife welcomed the arrival of their second set of twins, Bryson and Arianna Dickens.
Shortly after in September of 2016 his unit 2-58th Aviation Regiment (Airfield Operations) was inactivated. He was vital in building and establishing the new F Co 7-158th Aviation Regiment. He single handedly led the training for all functional and non-functional areas for this new Air Traffic Services Company.
A great leader, he was also one of a select few subject matter experts regarding Air Traffic Services procedures and standardizations in the entire Army Reserve Aviation Command. He has developed numerous innovative and effective training programs, managed hundreds of thousands of dollars in budgets, budget requests and travel authorizations. He has built and established relationships with organizations far outside of his organizational structure. One key relationship he established was with the City of Marianna arranging to provide all Air Traffic Services for their Annual Armed Forces Day Fly-In.
In addition to his active and reserve military career he has worked most of his civilian career with the Florida Department of Corrections at both Apalachee and Jackson Correctional Institution to the rank of Sergeant. His primary experience was working with maximum housing level inmates in confinement, open-bay, and close quarter settings as well as being a member of Apalachee Correctional Institution’s Rapid Response Team.
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Over his career Mr. Dickens has demonstrated an uncanny ability to be extremely adaptable, resourceful, and show good judgment in uncommon or impractical situations. He is a proud husband, father, and veteran that has faithfully and diligently served this country and now he wants to serve his community.
It is his personal mission to further bring this community together and fight for the needs and wants of the great people of District 5 and Jackson County. The citizens of Jackson County deserve results and a representation that is focused and dedicated on accomplishing those needs at every cost.
His career is proven and it is overwhelmingly complimentary to the office he is seeking. The core values of honor, commitment, loyalty, and selfless service are some of the foundational fabrics of what makes him who he is. Matched with his unique abilities and professional experience, he is exactly the type of person that can move Jackson County forward into a better, productive, and more promising future.