CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Marine Corps Base Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Robert C. Dickerson received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award from Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue in a ceremony at the Officers’ Club today.
“This is red-letter day for us. We are proud to have you has our general, this is a very important honor. We get as many as 200 requests a month for this award,” Perdue said during the ceremony. “This (award) goes to a man who has lived his life for America, his family has done so much for America and on behalf of eight-million North Carolinians, I am delighted to present this award.”
The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is presented to individuals who have a proven record of service to the state of North Carolina and is the State of North Carolina's highest honor presented to an individual for dedication and extended length of service to his or her organization.
Contributions to their community, extra efforts in their career and many years of service to their organization are some of the guidelines by which recipients are selected for this award.
The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is among the most prestigious awards presented by the governor of North Carolina.
“You have humbled me with your presence today, but Bob Dickerson has done nothing,” Dickerson said. “I am surrounded by superlative individuals, in this room and in the community as well.
“Eighteen years of my career has been in Eastern North Carolina or should I say my family has spent 18 years in eastern North Carolina,” Dickerson commented as some of that time he has been deployed.
"The civilian Marines, Marines, and sailors are the ones that are doing it every day,” Dickerson said regarding Camp Lejeune working with local communities.
“People have talked about greatest generation, ladies and gentlemen we are living in the greatest generation every day,” Dickerson said about the Marines and Sailors serving in the Armed Services.
Dickerson was commissioned a second lieutenant upon graduation from Bryant College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in June 1973. He also has a Master's Degree from Central Michigan University and the College of Naval Warfare.
Dickerson became the commanding general of Camp Lejeune, Aug. 29, 2003.
Dickerson's personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with star in lieu of second award, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal star in lieu of second award, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy and Marine Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.