Commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1956 after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, James L. Dozier served in the army for 35 years prior to his military retirement in 1985. During his time in the military, he served in Vietnam with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment from 1968 to 1969, and as commander of the First Squadron within the First Calvary and First Armored Division in Germany from 1971 to 1973, before becoming a staff officer within the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Research, Development and Acquisition in Washington, DC, until 1976. During this time, he was also a military assistant to the assistant secretary of the U.S. Army for two years. From 1976 to 1978, Mr. Dozier was a commander of the Second Brigade within the Second Armored Division in Fort Hood, Texas, until 1978, as well as chief of staff of the Second Armored Division until 1979.
Between 1979 and 1980, Mr. Dozier was chief of staff of III Corps and Fort Hood, having thereafter been deployed to Verona, Italy, as deputy chief of staff of logistics and administration for NATO’s Southern Europe Land Forces until 1982. He was the only American flag officer to have been captured by a non-state actor and upon his overcoming of this struggle, he was personally congratulated by President Ronald Reagan. For the following year, he was an assistant commander of the Armor School in Fort Knox, Kentucky, while advancing through the grades to major general in 1984. He retired the following year.
Post-military, Mr. Dozier lent his considerable expertise to several management corporations, including as president of Golden Grove Management Corporation in Arcadia, Florida, from 1985 to 1987 and Suncoast Media Group in Venice, Florida, in 1987. A past general manager of David C. Brown Enterprises until 1993, his final role prior to becoming a security consultant was as owner of JCS Group in Fort Myers between 1993 and 2004.
Mr. Dozier is a past lecturer of seminars on kidnapping to various military organizations, drawing upon his own experience as a captured soldier by the Italian Red Brigades, a Marxist terrorist group who held him and 12 other men captive in Italy for 42 days. After his army retirement, he has been writing an autobiography titled “Pole Star,” which revolves around the character building that occurs during an individual’s life. Additionally, he was a contributing author to the book “Winter of Fire” in 1990 and has penned articles in several military journals.
Alongside his primary endeavors, Mr. Dozier has enjoyed sitting on several nonprofit boards, including Good Wheels, Disabled Veterans Insurance Career and various organizations that provide low income housing for veterans. As a testament to his military achievements, Mr. Dozier was the recipient of a Decorated Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with a V Device and Two Oak Leaf Clusters, numerous Air Medals and a Purple Heart.
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