Duane Dishon enlisted in the Marine Corps on September 11th, 1995 and completed recruit training at MCRD San Diego, California. Private Dishon was promoted meritoriously to Private First Class upon graduating boot camp. After completing Marine Combat Training (MCT), he attended Military Police School at Ft. McClellan Alabama.
In May 1996, Private First Class Dishon reported to Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona for duty with the Provost Marshals Office, where he was subsequently promoted to Lance Corporal and Corporal. During this period Corporal Dishon served as a sentry, patrolman, desk sergeant, and watch commander. Corporal Dishon also attended the formal Special Reaction Team (SRT) School in Ft. McClellan Alabama and served on the Station’s SRT as a member, assistant team leader, and team leader.
In March 1999, Corporal Dishon reenlisted and received orders to HMX-1 Security, Presidential Helicopter Squadron One, Quantico, Virginia. Corporal Dishon was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on April 1st, 1999 and held the billet of Sergeant of the Guard.
In June 1999, Sergeant Dishon received orders and reported to the Provost Marshals Office, Headquarters Battalion, Henderson Hall Arlington, Virginia. During this tour Sergeant Dishon held the billets of watch commander, training chief, and SRT commander. It was also during this period that Sergeant Dishon attended the Sergeant’s Resident Course at Quantico, Virginia as well as the Non-Lethal Weapons Instructor’s Course (NIWIC), and the Protective Services Detail Course at Ft. Leonard wood Missouri. In January 2000, Sergeant Dishon was selected to represent the Military Police community at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy where he received an Academy POST (Police Officer Standard Training) Certificate.
In April 2002, Sergeant Dishon reported to Drill Instructor School at MCRD San Diego, California. Upon graduating Drill Instructor School, Sergeant Dishon was assigned to 2d Recruit Training Battalion, Fox Company for duty as a Drill Instructor. Sergeant Dishon was promoted to Staff Sergeant on November 1st, 2002. Staff Sergeant Dishon obtained the additional MOS 8563, Marine Combat Instructor of Water Survival and Marine Combat Instructor Trainer of Water Survival (MCIWS and MCITWS) and served as an instructor at the Depot Swim Tank.
In September 2006, Staff Sergeant Dishon received orders to the Provost Marshals Office, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. During this period Staff Sergeant Dishon served as a watch commander. Staff Sergeant Dishon volunteered to deploy as an Individual Augment for Task Force Military Police in support of II MEF Forward for OIF II. Staff Sergeant Dishon was attached to Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion 12th Marines to conduct work-ups to deploy as a provisional-military police company. Staff Sergeant Dishon was deployed to Iraq and participated in combat operations in support of Regimental Combat Team-2, Task Force MP from March 2007 to October 2008. Staff Sergeant Dishon handled all logistical requirements for the establishment and running of Forward Operating Base Trebil.
Staff Sergeant Dishon returned to MCAS Miramar in October 2008 and resumed duties as watch commander. Staff Sergeant Dishon was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant on August 1st, 2008. Gunnery Sergeant Dishon transferred to the Individual Mobilized Augment Detachment, Reserve Support Unit, MCAS Miramar in October of 2008, after more than 13 years of active service.
On November 10th, 2008 Gunnery Sergeant Dishon attended the California Highway Patrol Academy in Sacramento California where he graduated with distinction as a company commander and class high shooter. In May 2009, Gunnery Sergeant Dishon was assigned to his first post as a State Trooper in Rancho Cucamonga, California. During this period Gunnery Sergeant Dishon conducted reserve drills as a watch commander at Miramar PMO.
In December 2010, Gunnery Sergeant Dishon was mobilized and reported for duty as the SNCOIC Water Survival Section, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. During this period Gunnery Sergeant Dishon trained more than 6,000 Marines. In July 2011, Gunnery Sergeant Dishon attended the Advanced Reserve Course in Quantico, Virginia. In March of 2012, Gunnery Sergeant Dishon was selected for First Sergeant and was slated for Headquarters and Service Company, Fourth Tank Battalion, San Diego, California. In June of 2015 First Sergeant Dishon completed an Inter-Unit Transfer to Company A, 4th Tank Bn, Camp Pendleton, California. In March of 2017, First Sergeant Dishon was selected for Sergeant Major, and is slated for duty as Squadron Sergeant Major at Marine Wing Support Squadron 473, MCAS Miramar, San Diego, California.
Sergeant Major Dishon’s awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Citation Ribbon, the Navy Meritorious Unit Citation Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal with three bronze stars, the Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, the National Defense Medal with one bronze star, the Iraq Campaign Medal with one bronze star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Drill Instructor Ribbon, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” device.