Gig Harbor man named officer of the year

March 26, 2014 

Air Force Reserve Maj. John S. Dyson was named the 446th Field Grade Officer of the Year at the 446th Airlift Wing Annual Awards Banquet held at the Museum of Flight on March 8.

He is the husband of Melissa Dyson of Gig Harbor.

Dyson was recognized for his achievements during his recent deployment to the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan, between November 2012 and June 2013. Then, about a month before his scheduled return home, three airmen died in a mishap in northern Kyrgyzstan.

Dyson had a small amount of time to process the accident before his three-day stint as the emergency operations officer and on-scene commander began. His objective was to ensure there was seamless coverage during the aircraft recovery and collection efforts, as well as to coordinate with the emergency operations command in Manas for supplies.

Dyson also worked with Air Force Pararescue and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for recovery efforts.

He is currently serving as an operations officer with 36th Aerial Port Squadron at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He has served in both the active and reserve for 24 years.

Dyson is the son of Donald Dyson of Lyons, Neb., and the brother of Sara Donaldson of Lincoln, Neb.

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