Biography – Tyler Dedman

“Ty” Dedman was born in Los Angeles, CA, where he attended high school and UCLA before enlisting in the Navy in November, 1943. He then attended the University of Kansas and the University of Colorado, where he served in the NROTC. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in June, 1947, and then served on active duty for 38 years, before retiring as a Rear Admiral.
As a junior officer, Admiral Dedman’s early Navy assignments included service in two cruisers, six aircraft carriers, and three aviation carrier attack squadrons, and an around the world cruise on USS TARAWA (CV-40). He also served a tour in Tsingtao, China on the staff of the Fleet Commander. During the Vietnam War, while serving as a unit of U.S. SEVENTH FLEET Admiral Dedman commanded Heavy Attack Squadron TEN embarked in USS CONSTELLATION (CVA-64). He participated in the retaliatory strikes on North Vietnam following the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, served as executive officer of USS PICKAWAY (APA 222), and commanded USS PONCHATOULA (AO-148).
In June, 1954, he entered the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA in the aeronautical engineering curriculum, and then completed a third year of postgraduate studies at Princeton University.  
After attending the Naval War College in 1960, he served ashore in the Bureau of Naval Weapons, where he was assigned as a design development officer for the North American VIGILANTE aircraft. His other key assignments ashore included serving as executive assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations and attendance at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School.
Admiral Dedman’s flag assignments included serving as Assistant Vice Chief of Naval Operations and Director of Naval Administration in the Navy staff in the Pentagon; as Deputy Chief of Naval Education and Training in Pensacola, FL; and as Superintendent, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. His final assignment was as Commander, Iberian Atlantic Command, where he commanded all NATO forces in the Iberian Atlantic area.
Following retirement in October, 1982, he enrolled in the MBA program at the University of Central Florida, and thereafter worked in the insurance field for major aviation insurance firms. He later served a term as an elected member of the Board of Governors of the National Association of Security Dealers (NASD). (Now FINRA).
He was a founding member and vestryman of St. Peter’s Episcopal church, Lake Mary, FL, and treasurer and a founding director of “The Mountain of Hope”, a charitable non-profit organization providing health care and building and operating a medical-dental clinic in rural northeastern Honduras. For his many years of volunteer work in Honduras, he was recognized as an honorary lay canon of the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras. He also served the community of Lake Mary, FL in leadership roles on various boards and committees. He was a past president of the Rotary Club of Lake Mary, a past president of the Association of Naval Aviation (Central Florida chapter); a past president of the Sanford Area Retired Naval Officers’ Association; and a life member of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. He was also a life member and past director of the U.S. Naval Institute, and a past chairman of their editorial board.