David R. Dixon

Veteran, Author, Presidential Leadership Scholar

David R. Dixon is a husband, father, and Iraq war veteran. As a Marine Corps officer and attack helicopter pilot, he deployed twice to Iraq, once to Japan, and completed flying tours aboard the USS Boxer and USS Essex. David attended community college before matriculating at Texas AandM University where he graduated with honors as a Lowry Mays Business Fellow. He later earned his masters degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. David performed with the country western dance team at his high school, the swing and ballroom dance clubs in college, and on a hip-hop dance team in graduate school. At Harvard he sang bass and percussion in the Harmonicas acapella choir. In 2012 the Pat Tillman Foundation selected David as a Tillman Military Scholar, and in 2017 he was named a Presidential Leadership Scholar. David has also worked as an undergraduate public speaking instructor for Central Texas College (distance education program), a Research Associate for the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation, and as a fellow at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). David holds a Commercial Instrument Pilot rating (fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft) from the Federal Aviation Administration. David's first book, Call in the Air, won the 2014 Robert A. Gannon award for distinguished poetry from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation; and his second book, Goodnight Marines, is a #1 Amazon best-seller in its category with over 750 5-star customer reviews. David's articles, essays, letters, and poems have been published in a variety of venues to include: the Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, Blue Streak Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Chronicle of Higher Education, Georgetown Anthem, Harvard Business Review, Harvard National Security Journal, Houston Chronicle, Huffington Post, Jung Journal of Culture and Psyche, Las Vegas Review Journal, Los Angeles Times, Leatherneck Magazine, Marine Corps Gazette, Maynard Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Small Wars Journal, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. David also coauthored two case-studies that were published through Harvard Business School, and he coauthored an award-winning research paper titled Making Good Instructors Great: USMC Cognitive Readiness and Instructor Professionalization Initiatives. David regularly contributes to the humor websites Babylon Bee,, Duffleblog, and Pitch. He is a member of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Mensa, and the Prince William County Arts Council.

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