Diane L. (Meserve) Dunn ‘88 was one of three inductees to the Seneca Battalion Army ROTC Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 9. The induction ceremony was held at St. Bonaventure University.
Dunn graduated with a B.A. in psychology from Houghton College in 1988. While earning her degree, Dunn was a cadet in the St. Bonaventure University Seneca Battalion Army ROTC program. She was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Adjutant General Corps.
Dunn has served in a variety of posts, including the Maine Army National Guard as an assistant S1, community relations officer, and broadcast officer. She has also served in the Petroleum Supply Battalion, as assistant professor of military science at the University of Maine, and at the Maine State Joint Force Headquarters as branch chief. In 2009 Dunn became the first female to command a Maine National Guard battalion in combat under the Joint Sustainment Command-Afghanistan.
Next, Dunn served as J716 Branch Chief of the U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado, before returning to the Maine Army National Guard as the Pre-Mobilization Training and Assistance Element.
Currently, Dunn works as the Region 1 Vigilant Guard Exercise Planner, and was selected by the Department of the Army in 2011 for a promotion to colonel.
In addition to a B.A. from Houghton, Dunn also holds a Masters of Science and Public Administration from the University of Maine and an M.A. in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.
Various distinctions, including the Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NATO Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, have been awarded Dunn.
In addition to her educational and military career, Diane has been a small-business owner. She is married to Jim Dunn, and is the mother of three: Kayla, Kristen, and Marcus. Dunn is native to Maine.