The Georgia Department of Veterans Service Commissioner Mike Roby has appointed 30-year Army veteran Kerry Dyer as the department’s new Director of Operations.

Dyer joined the GDVS in April of 2018 as the manager of the office inside the Atlanta VA Medical Center in Decatur.

In his new role, Dyer will oversee the department’s day to day functions, including human resources, risk management, information technology, purchasing, properties and real estate management, veteran records, and other support functions to 50 field service offices.

“Kerry has proven his capability as a leader at many different levels of responsibility during his Army years,” said GDVS Commissioner Mike Roby.  “His positive, outgoing, ‘can do’ personality, and military bearing will ensure all jobs he oversees will be successfully completed.”

Dyer, a native of Lake Charles, LA, enlisted in 1988 and graduated from One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky as a Cavalry Scout. He served his Army career in Troop Cavalry units at every level of the noncommissioned officer ranks, including three years as a Drill Sergeant at Fort Knox. Dyer also served two separate tours at Fort Polk, Louisiana, as a Troop Section Leader and later as a Scout Anti-Tank Platoon Sergeant. While assigned to Fort Polk, his unit deployed to Haiti for five months.

Dyer was also assigned to Troop Cavalry Units in Germany for eight years on three separate occasions, during which his units were deployed to Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Between assignments to Germany, he attained the rank of Sergeant Major and held the rank of Command Sergeant Major for the 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment of the 3rd Infantry Division for two years.

After spending a year in the Office of the Sergeant Major of the Army in Washington, D.C., Dyer ended his Army career as the Chief Military Science Instructor at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega in December 2017.

Dyer is a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy and Sergeant Morales Clubs. He has an associate degree from the University of Maryland, a bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College, and a master’s from Webster University.

Kerry and his wife Sarita reside in McDonough.

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For more information on the content of this news release, please contact the GDVS Public Information Division at 404-656-5933 or gavetsvc@vs.state.ga.us.