Port Security Unit 301, Cape Cod, Massachusetts



LCDR Dillon is a native of Boston, Massachusetts and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1986.  He reported to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines at Camp Pendleton, CA deploying with the unit in 1988 to Okinawa, Japan.  In 1990 he reported to 1st Battalion, 1st Marines deploying with the 15th MEU (SOC) aboard the USS Peleliu.  In late 1990 Sergeant Dillon redeployed as part of TASK FORCE PAPA BEAR participating in combat operations during DESERT SHIELD/STORM.  In 1992 he left the Marine Corps to pursue a business degree from the University of New Hampshire.

In 2007 LCDR Dillon was commissioned an officer in the US Coast Guard Reserve. He was assigned to Port Security Unit 301 in Cape Cod, MA filling the roles of Assistant Security Officer, Weapons Officer, Security Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. In 2009 he deployed with PSU 301 to Kuwait as Weapons Department Head, Task Group 56.5 in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.  In 2012 he was assigned to the National Intelligence University, Defense Intelligence Agency where he earned a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence (2014).  He then serve as an Intelligence Team Lead, USCG District 1, Intelligence and Investigations Division.  His latest assignment was serving with USN Coastal Riverine Squadron 8, deploying to Djibouti, Africa as Deputy Mission Commander for CTG 68.6 in support of OPERATION FREEDOM’S SENTINEL.

LCDR Dillon’s other degrees include a Master of Science in Administration & Management from St. Michael’s College (1996) and a Master of Science in Criminology from Florida State University (2007).  In 2016 LCDR Dillon successfully defended his doctoral dissertation earning an Ed. D. in Higher Education Leadership from Northeastern University.  LCDR Dillon is a 2019 Senior Executive Fellow at Harvard University.

LCDR Dillon’s military decorations include the US Coast Guard Commendation Medal (w/operational distinguishing device), US Navy Commendation Medal, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals (w/operational distinguishing device), two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon and numerous other personal and unit awards.  LCDR Dillon is married to his wife Lori, they have three children, a son Quinn and daughters Riely and Raegan. They reside in East Falmouth, MA.  He is employed as the Chief Human Resources Officer, Duxbury Public Schools and is an Adjunct Professor and Thesis Advisor at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Graduate School of Emergency Management.