Product Standardization Manager
John Dixon was raised in Bedford, Virginia, a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains. When he was 14 years old, he went to an air show that sparked his passion for “Flying”. As a young boy, he managed a paper route and worked various jobs to support his ultimate goal, which was to fly.
His desire for flight led him to a Naval Scholarship at the Virginia Military Institute, where he earned his BS in Engineering and orders to flight training at Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida. He finished primary training in the top of his class, allowing him to do follow-on jet fighter training and an opportunity to fly the A-7 Corsair and then the FA-18 Hornet for over 15 years.
Dixon had several leadership opportunities while in the Navy, which included Command of a fighter squadron, second in command of a nuclear powered aircraft carrier, and Chief of Staff for the Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa. Along the way, Dixon attended the Naval War College, earning a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. Prior to graduation, he was selected to represent the Naval War College as an Associate Fellow for Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group. In 2005, while in command, his squadron was selected as the best FA-18C squadron in the Pacific Fleet and awarded the coveted Battle “E” Efficiency Award. Upon completion of his successful Combat Command tour, Dixon was one of only seven individuals to be selected for a rigorous nuclear aircraft carrier command-training program. Dixon graduated from the Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion School in Charleston, South Carolina in 2006. He then served two years as the Executive Officer on a nuclear aircraft carrier with a complement of over 5100 men and women and eight nuclear reactors under his direct responsibility. Again, his command led the Fleet in performance excellence. During his tenure as the Executive Officer, his aircraft carrier was awarded the Navy Battle “E” and the Battenberg Award for the best overall ship in the Fleet. Following this tour in 2009, Dixon was selected to direct the efforts of over 3000 multinational personnel and forces as the Chief of Staff for Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa from October 2009 until January 2011.
Following his tour in Africa and after being awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, Dixon chose to retire to be with his family and has now joined the team at Check-6. The combination of seasoned leadership, teamwork and efficiency experience in high-risk environments fit well with offshore mentoring and instruction. Dixon joined as an offshore coach, focusing on the crews of deep water drilling rigs in the North Sea, Africa, Canada, and the Falkland Islands.