Morgan County woman receives military promotion

By Jim McCabe on August 18 at 1:15pm

A Chapin woman was promoted to the rank of sergeant major during a ceremony on Friday in Springfield.

The Illinois National Guard says Mary Dixon was promoted during the event at the Illinois State Military Museum at Camp Lincoln. Dixon has served in the military for 20 years. She is with the 108th Multi-Functional Medical Battalion in Chicago.

Dixon enlisted in the Illinois Army National Guard in 1994 as a petroleum supply specialist in the 258th Supply and Service Company in Beardstown. She graduated in the top 20 percent of her class at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy in Fort Bliss, Texas in June 2013.

Dixon completed multiple overseas assignments including Italy, Poland, Afghanistan, and was the senior logistics noncommissioned officer while deployed for the Bi-Lateral Embedded Staff Team A7 in 2011.

Dixon has worked as a full-time federal technician in various positions at Camp Lincoln since 1995. She was appointed as the force health protection chief operations sergeant for the Medical Battalion in July.

She’s responsible for the planning, coordination, and execution of the Army Health System mission, to include medical logistics, operations, preventative medicine and behavioral health.