CN salutes Staff Sergeant Lucas Dyer who enlisted into the Marines in 2000. Dyer served a little over 13 years total as an infantry Marine, 0311/0369. He deployed four times, the first deployment was July 2001 – Feb 2002 to Okinawa Japan. The second deployment was April – November 2003 to the Middle East for OIF 1. Dyer’s third deployment was from November 2007 – May 2008 on ship and his last was May – December 2009 to Helmand Afghanistan. He has received multiple service decorations for combat action, Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal x two, to name a few. Lucas Dyer is currently a Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps Reserves and has recently become a bestselling author with his book A Battle Won by Handshakes: The Story of Alpha Company 1/5. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminology/Criminal Justice and is finishing up his Masters degree in Information Resource Management. He is married with one son and lives in Orange County, California.
What are your duties? My first duty station was in Hawaii with Bravo Company 1st Battalion 3rd Marines. I then went to Quantico, VA and did three years as a tactics instructor. In 2006 I went to California and served with 1st Battalion 5th Marines and then went to School of Infantry West and served as a Squad Leaders Course Instructor until 2013
What was the training and prep for your MOS? Marine Corps boot camp in Parris Island and then off to Infantry Training Battalion to learn the basics of being an infantry Marine. Further higher/advanced training was Squad Leaders Course, Infant Unit Leaders Course, Marine Corps Combat Instructor, Martial Arts Instructor Trainer 2nd degree, Military On Urbanized Terrain (MOUT) course, and Enhanced Marksmanship Training.
What do you like most about serving? Traveling, seeing the world, being a part of something bigger and combat.
What prompted you to serve? This was actually a “dare” / “bet” from two of my friends from school in 2000 who dared me to join the Marines. It was a wild, last minute, left college, rash decision that seemed like a good idea.
What are some of the greatest challenges you faced? Questioning myself every 4 years (end of contract) if what I was this was the best choice for my life. It was difficult to serve and move every 3-4 years. It was often hard to maintain solid friendships and relationships. It wasn’t until I left the Marine Corps in 2013 (went to into the reserves) that my relationship really blossomed.
What was the most rewarding experience? Serving in combat and knowing that I am protecting my Marines to my left and to my right.
How does serving affect your family? Do they find their part of service rewarding? As mentioned it is difficult at times. My wife and I met in 2011, which I was currently on a non-deployable duty station so it was easier for her in a sense. She experienced long days and weekends away training, but never a seven month deployment.
What is your advice to someone thinking about serving their country? I think everyone should serve at least four years. For a young 18 year old kid to serve his/her country and come out at 22 it only sets them that much further ahead. In most jobs throughout, it is possible to obtain your degree while serving for free. You can’t beat that!
THANK YOU STAFF SERGEANT LUCAS DYER FOR YOUR SERVICE!
Lucas Dyer is a Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps reserves and has recently become a bestselling author with his book A Battle Won by Handshakes: The Story of Alpha Company 1/5. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminology/Criminal Justice and is finishing up his Masters degree in Information Resource Management. He is married with one son and lives in Orange County, California.
“As a US Marine, Lucas A. Dyer engaged in combat with the Taliban in Afghanistan’s heroin capital of Helmand. He fought in the Battle of Khanjar while participating in Operation Enduring Freedom from May 2009 to December 2009. He was one of the four thousand Marines who fought under Brig. Gen. Larry Nicholson as a member of the Second Marine Expeditionary Brigade, which also included 650 Afghan soldiers.
As a small unit leader and platoon commander leading Marines in battle, he fought terrorists and their allies on their home turf, witnessing unspeakable violence in the process. At a certain point, however, he and his fellow Marines realized that an eye for an eye would not accomplish their objectives; that marked a turning point for them, and a basis of true success began to unfold.
Relying on counterinsurgency operations, they began shaking hands one at a time—and that was how they ultimately drove the Taliban away. Day by day and week by week, they proved that a small fighting force could work together with Afghans to become brothers-in-arms.
In this memoir, Dyer recalls the events of his time in Afghanistan, sharing true stories from the front lines of how his company was able to win their battles through handshakes.”