FORT EUSTIS, Va. — Maj. Gen. Robert “Bo” Dyess, who most recently served as U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s deputy director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center, retired after 36 years of service to the Army and the nation during a ceremony at TRADOC headquarters May 24.
During the ceremony, which was hosted by retired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, family, friends, classmates and colleagues gathered to celebrate not only Dyess’ accomplishments, but also the contributions and sacrifices made by his family throughout nearly four decades of service.
“I believe that I can say without exaggeration that there is no officer, that there is no Army family more universally respected and loved than the Dyesses,” McMaster said.
From the beginning of Dyess’ military career at West Point in 1978, even his classmates knew Dyess was a leader, McMaster said as he continued with the inscription from Dyess’ West Point yearbook, which read: “Bo came to us with the skills that it takes the United States Military Academy four years to develop in an ordinary cadet. He has been a best friend and effective leader at the same time. He was never too busy to lend a listening ear to anyone who needed it. Bo will certainly live up to the Virginia tradition and be an excellent officer.”
“And here we are – in Bo’s native Virginia,” McMaster said. “And Bo has certainly done more than live up to the Virginia tradition. Everyone here who knows Bo is grateful for his friendship. He has had a listening ear for all of us, and all of us here are grateful for his exceptional service to our nation.”
In appreciation of his service, Dyess’ hometown of Appomattox, Virginia, even proclaimed May 24, 2018, as Maj. Gen. Robert “Bo” Dyess Day, which was signed by the mayor Paul D. Harvey.
Commissioned into the infantry branch in 1982, Dyess held numerous command and staff assignments from platoon leader, battalion adjutant, rifle company commander, headquarters company commander, battalion operations officer, deputy division G-3, and brigade executive officer. He previously served in ARCIC as the director of the Requirements Integration and then the director of force development on the Army Staff at the Pentagon before becoming ARCIC’s deputy director.
“Bo invented new ways to manage strategic employment of our forces,” said McMaster, who served as ARCIC’s director during Dyess’ time at TRADOC. “He laid the foundation for the development of the future force to ensure that future Soldiers and units will have what they need to overmatch any enemy and win in future battle.”
Following the presentation of awards for both Dyess’ and his wife’s contributions to the Army and nation, Dyess took to the podium to thank the countless people – family, mentors and former bosses – who have made an impact on his career.
On the importance of family, Dyess recognized his wife’s support with a standing ovation from guests, and expressed great pride in being a father.
“Of all the accolades that I receive today, none am I more proud of than to be Marilyn’s daddy,” Dyess said.
He also emphasized the important role teachers play in raising future leaders.
“I wanted to say thanks to the teachers that are out there … it is the future of our country that they really hold in the palms of their hands,” Dyess said. “As we look at multi-domain things in the future, it’s how do we think about the future, and how do we prepare the next generation.”
In looking to the future, Dyess also shared his concern for the growing separation of the U.S. military from the civilian population, inviting all of the uniformed members in attendance to join him in reciting a symbolic reiteration of the oath.
“Don’t forget that we are from the American population,” Dyess said. “We are not a warrior cast; we must maintain contact with the people to which we serve.”
Pictured above: Maj. Gen. Robert “Bo” Dyess, U.S Army Training and Doctrine Command’s deputy director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center, watches as Sgt. Maj. Roy Haynes and Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Travers case the major general officer flag during Dyess’ retirement ceremony May 24, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Christopher Thompson)