Major General James Dozier - US Army (Retired) - North Fort Myers, FL

Lorem ipsum Major General James L. Dozier was raised in central Florida, graduated from the US Military Academy, West Point and the University of Arizona with a MS degree in Aero Space Engineering. After 35 years of military service, which included a kidnapping in 1981 by the Italian Red Brigades terrorist group in Italy, he retired from the Army in 1985 with a Silver Star for heroism and a purple heart for combat wounds in Vietnam. Major General Dozier owns JCS Group, an anti-terrorism, agricultural and leadership consulting organization. He works with government and private agencies and for over 50 years has interfaced with city, county, state, federal and international government officials.

He has served and is tirelessly serving the community in various capacities including civic, private industry, public-owned utilities and non-profit organizations such as the Southwest Council of Boy Scouts, Good Wheels, American Heart Association, Downtown Rotary Club, Good Will Life Academy, Florida Commission on Veterans Affairs and Disabled Veterans Insurance Careers, Inc. to name a few.

Major General Dozier and his wife have grown children who live in Fort Myers, Orlando and Texas. The dozier reside in North Fort Myers, Florida and enjoy their second home in North Carolina.

Summary of Education and Training Accomplishments:

  • 1949: Graduate, DeSoto County High School, Arcadia, Florida
  • 1956: Graduate, United States Military Academy, West Point, BS Degree 
  • 1956: Graduate, U.S. Army Armor Officer Basic Course – 16 Weeks
  • 1957: Graduate, U.S. Army Ranger Course, 8 Weeks, Authorized Ranger Tab 
  • 1957: Graduate, U.S. Army Airborne Course, 6 Weeks, Authorized Parachutist Badge
  • 1962: Graduate, U.S. Army Armor Officer Advanced Course – 36 Weeks 
  • 1964: Graduate, University of Arizona, MS Degree in Aerospace Engineering 
  • 1968: Graduate, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
  • 1974: Graduate, U.S. Army War College
  • 1978: Graduate, Defense Language Institute 24-Week Course in Italian

Summary of Professional and Employment History:


  • 1950 -1952 – Enlisted service with the Florida National Guard
  • 1952 -1956 – Cadet, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York
  • 1956 – Commissioned 2nd Lt, Armor, United States Military Academy
  • 1959-1960 – Troop Commander, G Troop, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Germany
  • 1964 – MS Degree in Aerospace Engineering, University of Arizona
  • 1964-1967 – Professor, Department of Mechanics, United States Military Academy
  • 1967- 1968 – Army C&GSC (Command and General Staff College), Fort Leavenworth
  • 1968- 1969 – S-3 (Operations) 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Vietnam
  • 1969- 1971 -DCSOPS (Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations), Pentagon
  • 1971-1973 – Squadron Commander, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry, 1st Armored Division, Germany
  • 1973-1974 – United States Army War College
  • 1973-1976 – Staff, Office of Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Development and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management, Pentagon
  • 1976-1978 – Brigade Commander, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas
  • 1978-1979 – Chief of Staff, 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas
  • 1979- 1980 – Chief of Staff, III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas
  • 1980- 1982 – Assistant Chief of Staff, Administration & Logistics, Allied Land Forces Southern Europe, Verona, Italy
  • 1982- 1983 – Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Armor Center, Fort Knox, Kentucky 
  • 1983-1985 – Deputy Commanding General, III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas
  • 1985 – Retired from Military Service



  • Owner, JCS Group – An anti-terrorism, agricultural and leadership consulting organization Former President – Golden Groves Division of American Agronomics
  • Former Assistant to the Publisher – Suncoast Media Group
  • Former General Manager, David C. Brown Farms
  • Owner, JCS Citrus and JCS Nursery (now inactive)
  • Professional Business Associations
  • Florida Citrus Mutual – Member
  • Southwest Florida Croton Society – Member with son
  • Southwest Florida Water Management District Agriculture Advisory Committee – Former Member
  • IFIS Citrus Advisory committee – Past President
  • Gulf Citrus Growers Governmental Affairs Committee – Former Member Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association – Former Member Florida Nurserymen and Growers Association – Member
  • Gulf Citrus Exposition Advisory Council – Past Member 2004-Present: Retired

Summary of Nominee’s Advocacy on behalf of Veterans:

The following is a list of the Veterans Organizations in which General Dozier has been involved:

  • Korean War Veterans Association – Member The United States Armor Association – Member The Military Order of the World Wars – Member The American Legion – Member
  • The Veterans of Foreign Wars – Member
  • The Association of the U.S. Army – Member The Air Force Association – Member
  • West Point Society of Naples – Member
  • Disabled Veterans Insurance Carders – Member
  • Caloosa Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution – Member
  • Florida Commission on Veterans Affairs – Former Member
  • Lee Coast Chapter, Military Officers of America Association – Board Member

The above list shows the active involvement of General Dozier in Veterans organizations. However, his involvement is more extensive than just belonging to an organization. He is in demand as a speaker at Veterans Day ceremonies and for other functions, and he participates in Veterans in the Classroom, reaching out to students in Lee County schools. He speaks often to community organizations about Veterans affairs. Through his financial support and active involvement, he has been instrumental in working to set up Veterans scholarships at Hodges University. As a Board member of the Lee Coast Chapter, Military Officers of America Association, he has championed major donations to the Wounded Warriors of South Florida, the Fisher Houses at the James A. Haley, Tampa FL. and Bay Pines, St. Petersburg FL. VA Hospitals, and the Lee Memorial Hospital Military Support Program. 

He was active as a former member of the Florida Commission on Veterans Affairs. In looking to future veterans. General Dozier was the Chairman of former Congressman Connie Mack’s Service Academy Nominating Committee. Through his financial support, each year he awards the prestigious Major General James L. Dozier Award to the outstanding cadet, selected from the more than 5200 students enrolled in the JROTC programs at the 14 Lee County high schools.

As a veteran. General Dozier is also an Adjunct Professor at the USAF Special Operations School and a former Board member of the Florida Air Academy.

Summary of Nominee’s Civic Activities and Contributions

  • Wesley Memorial Methodist Church – Lay Reader
  • Business People United for Political Activity – President
  • Downtown Rotary Club – Member
  • Congressman Connie Mack’s Service Academy Nominating Committee 
  • Former Chairman Southwest Florida Community Foundation – Member
  • Southwest Council Boy Scouts of America – Former Executive Board Member
  • Florida Commission on Veterans Affairs – Former Member
  • Goodwill Life Academy – Former Board Member
  • American Heart Association – Past Chairman, Fort Myers Heart Walk
  • Florida International Air Show – Past President
  • North Fort Myers Rotary Club – Former Member (transferred to Downtown Rotary Club)
  • Lee District Schools Superintendent Search Committee, 1997 – Chairman
  • Good Wheels – Board Member, Past Chairman
  • Seminole Electric Cooperative Incorporated – Board Member
  • Lee County Electric Cooperative – Board Secretary
  • Member of Executive Committee Tampa Bay Area Council on Foreign Relations – Former Member

The above summary is extensive; however. General Dozier does not just belong to organizations. He is an active participant in all the organizations and community service projects in which he belongs. His status as a former General officer in the U.S. armed services allows his voice to be heard, and with his extensive experience, he is instrumental in the successful completion of community projects.

List any awards or honors:

Awarded the Silver Star for heroism and the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat in Vietnam. Other military personal awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters and Combat “V”, the Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Army Good Conduct Medal. He also holds the Ranger Tab and the Parachutist Badge.

As a Brigadier General, in 1981, General Dozier was kidnapped from his apartment in Verona, Italy by an Italian Red Brigade terrorist cell and held for 42 days. A bloodless assault by a special operations unit of the Italian police released him from his captors. Upon release, he was congratulated by President Reagan. As a result of his kidnapping, he currently serves as an anti­ terrorism consultant to various government and private agencies.

Appointed by Governor Jeb Bush as one of Florida’s 27 Electors in the 2004 Presidential Election.