First United Methodist Church of Oviedo
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Open hearts, Open minds, Open doors

LT Will Dickson, son of Bill and Jeanette Dickson, graduated from Seminole High School in 2009, and the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2013. Will chose to branch Armor and selected Ft. Hood, Texas as his first Post. After graduation, Will married Amanda Barnes (Seminole High School and the University of South Florida), and they moved to Phenix City, Alabama while he attended the Armor Basic Officer Leadership Course at Ft. Benning, GA. Upon completing BOLC in 2014, they moved to Ft. Hood where he joined the 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry Regiment as a tank platoon leader. He is currently serving as the Executive Officer of Company C. The 1-9 Cav has recently returned from a nine month deployment to Korea.

Capt. Brendan Ross, son of Dick and Gay Ross, graduated from Winter Springs High School in 2006, and the United States Air Force Academy in 2010. Brendan also earned a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California in 2016. He went through pilot flight training at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., and Altus Air Force Base, Altus, OK. Brendan is an Aircraft Commander flying the KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 22nd Air Fueling Wing, 350th Air Refueling Squadron at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, KS. While stateside, he has had numerous TDY assignments that have taken him to a number of interesting locations. His first deployment assignment was to the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing at Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan in support of “Operation Enduring Freedom”. Subsequent deployments have been to Al Udeid, Qatar attached to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing. He is presently on his 7th deployment to Qatar in support of “Operation Inherent Resolve”. 

25th Infantry Division; Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

Alex and Caitlin met in 2007, while attending the United States Military Academy at West Point. Alex majored in Physics and commissioned into the Engineer Branch upon graduation in 2010. Caitlin majored in Kinesiology and commissioned into the Aviation Branch following graduation in 2012. Alex, after attending the officer basic course at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Infantry Division, where he attended both airborne and ranger schools. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 with the 4th Brigade Combat Team. Caitlin attended flight school at Ft. Rucker, Alabama, where she learned to fly UH-60M Blackhawk helicopters. They both moved to Hawaii together in 2014, shortly after Caitlin graduated flight school. They have been there ever since, deploying to multiple countries across the Pacific to include Thailand, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, and the Philippines, in support of joint national training exercises. They enjoy spending time together as a married couple and all that the island of Oahu has to offer. They are so grateful for the support and love of their families and friends!