Master Sergeant, United States Army
Military education: Military Education Power Generator Repair Basic, Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer's Course, Combat Engineer's Course, Commander Safety Course, Construction Equipment Course (basic), Advanced Automotive Course
Education: Associates in Business Administration, Bachelor in Business Administration, Master in Occupational Safety and Health Environment, Management
Medals and Awards: Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medals 3rd Award, Army Achievement Medals 2nd Award, Navy Marine Corp Achievement Medal, Marine Good Conduct Medal 3rd Award, Army Good Conduct Medal 3rd Award, Army Reserve Good Conduct Medal, Armed Service Reserve Medal with M Device, Silver Hour Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NCOES Ribbons with No. 3, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon 2nd, National Defense Ribbon 2nd Award
Married with three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Charles R. Dye was born on March 20, 1955. A native of Western Maryland, Dye entered the U.S. Marine Corps on Aug. 8, 1972, and attended his Marine Corps Basic Boot Camp training at Parris Island, S.C. Upon completion of Marine Corps boot training Dye then received orders for his infantry training regiment at Camp LeJeune Marine Corps Base in North Carolina. There, Dye received Marine Corp training in weapons used by U.S. Marines such as the M-16 the M-45 pistol hand grenades, clamore mines, rocket launchers and the grenade launcher.
Throughout his 35 years of service to our country, Dye served in several enlisted leadership positions from the Marine Corps, Army National Guard and the U.S. Active Army Reserve.
Dye's service in the Marine Corps from 1972 to 1983 took him from the rank of private to the rank of (E-6) staff sergeant, serving with the 2nd Marine Division, 3rd Battalion, 10th Marines and force service support group Camp LeJeune. Later orders took him to the first Marine barrage at Marine Corp Air Station Kaneohe Oahu, Hawaii where his unit later aided in evacuation of Saigon in South Vietnam in 1975.
After serving three years in Hawaii he was transferred back to Camp LeJeune in North Carolina and assigned to the second Marine division. Upon completion of his assignment with the second division he was now assigned to the ninth Marine Corps regiment stationed in Okinawa, Japan.
After two years of service in Japan he was then transferred in 1979 back to Camp LeJeune in North Carolina. This time he was attached to the Eighth Marine Regiment where he then received orders to participate in a six-month Mediterranean Cruise, upon completion of this cruise he received orders to Marine Corps Air Station where he completed his military obligation in the U.S. Marine Corps.
After leaving the U.S. Marines in 1983, he served in the New Hampshire National Guard and worked for the Department of Defense as a Department of the Navy as a police officer. Upon completing a year with the guard he transferred to the army reserve and worked for the Department of the Air Force as a heavy equipment mechanic until 1990 when the Pease Air Force Base closed.
In 1992, Dye went to work for the Department of the Army as a heavy equipment mechanic and was promoted to work leader. He was assigned to the 542 Quarter Master Co. in Erie, Pa. He worked as a utility equipment repairer.
In 2001 he decided to resign from the Defense Department and return to active duty with the Army Guard Reserve. His first assignment was an instructor at the regional training site maintenance, Fort Deven, Mass. His duties there were to instruct classes on generators, refrigeration, and air conditioners. He also instructed basic auto mechanics courses.
Dye was reassigned to the 854th engineers battalion in Orangeburg, N.Y. as motor sergeant and when he arrived and received the rank of Master Sergeant.
His most recent assignment was battalion maintenance office 354th transportation battalion and was cross level to the 143rd in Orlando, Fla., for deployment to Afghanistan from February to September 2009.
Master Sgt. Dye retired Jan. 1, 2011 with over 35 years of service. Another local hero who has spent the majority of his life serving our country. When he was needed he was there doing his duty. Now enjoying a well-deserved retirement.
A Marine, soldier, a dedicated American serviceman. To me it's people like Master Sgt. Charles R. Dye that make our military the best in the world. Thank you Master Sergeant for your time, your dedication and your outstanding service you gave our country. Master Sgt. Dye is our Hero of the Week.