Mr. James Dicks is recognized for exceptional public service as the State Chair of the Florida Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Defense Personnel and Family Support Center, Defense Human Resources Activity Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personal and Readiness from October 2014 to September 2020. His exceptional leadership, dedication, and commitment to the mission of the Florida Committee significantly enhanced and sustained employer support for the men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces Guard and Reserve. Mr. Dicks’ performance and initiative were the driving force behind significant improvements to the essential Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve programs of Employer Outreach, Military Outreach and Ombudsman Services. Committing substantial personal time, he routinely went above and beyond the requirements of his position to support the mission of the Headquarters Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, the Florida Committee, the thousands of Guardsmen and Reservist in Florida, and their supportive employers. as a result, employers have gained a greater understanding and appreciation of their employees’ Reserve Component military service. The distinctive accomplishments of Mr. Dicks reflect great credit upon himself and the Department of Defense.