MG Dyess was born in Lynchburg Virginia on 22 December 1959 and raised in Appomattox, Virginia. After completing school at Appomatox County High School, he received an appointment in 1978 to the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, NY. Upon graduation in 1982, MG Dyess was commissioned as an Infantry Officer.
During his 33 years of service, MG Dyess has held command and staff assignments including: Platoon Leader, Battalion Adjutant, Rifle Company Commander, Headquarters Company Commander, Battalion Operations Officer, Deputy Division G-3, and Brigade Executive Officer during assignments in the 82d Airborne Division at Fort Bragg NC, the 3d Infantry Division (Mechanized) in both Germany and at Fort Stewart, GA, and in the Eighth U.S. Army, Korea. During this time, he also served as a Tactical Officer, United States Army School of the Americas in Panama, participated in combat operations during OPERATION URGENT FURY in Grenada, and served as a Force Integration Officer, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, in the Pentagon. From 2000 to 2008, MG Dyess served as a Force Integration Officer & Force Management Officer with the First Army at Fort Gillem, GA and, later, as the Director, Force Integration, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, United States Army Forces Command, Fort McPherson, GA. From June 2008 until August 2009, he served as the Division Chief for Force Integration, Combined Security Assistance Command – Afghanistan, & OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, Afghanistan. Upon redeployment from Afghanistan and re-assignment to TRADOC Headquarters, he assumed duty as the Director, Requirements Integration, Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC), from August 2009 until May 2012.
MG Dyess is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses; United States Army Command and General Staff College; Army Force Management Course; Air War College; and the Joint and Combined Warfighting School.
He holds a Masters of Science in Systems Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Masters of Science in Strategic Studies from the United States Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
His military decorations include: two Legion of Merits, two Bronze Stars, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, five Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Ranger Tab, and the Senior Parachutist Badge.
MG Dyess is married to the former Sharon Hall of Brunswick, Georgia. The Dyesses have one daughter, Ms. Marilyn Dyess, a junior at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.