General Terrence R. Dake was raised in the Missouri Ozarks. He earned undergraduate degrees from the college of the Ozarks and the University of Arkansas. He holds a Master of Arts degree from Pepperdine University. He was commissioned a second lieutenant upon graduation from Officer Candidate School, Quantico, Virginia, in October 1966. General Dake was designated a Naval Aviator at Pensacola, Florida, on the 25th of January 1968. Since that time, General Dake has logged more than 6,000 flight hours in military aircraft. Significant flying tours include; a combat tour in Vietnam in 1968-69 flying CH-53A helicopters; Commanding Officer of Marine Helicopter Squadron One, designated as the President's helicopter pilot, 1983-1985; Commanding General of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, July 1995 - July 1996. General Dake has flown helicopters in every aircraft wing in the Marine Corps. Additionally, he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff of Operations, G-3 for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, the largest aircraft wing ever fielded in combat by the Marine Corps.

General Dake served as the Director of Joint Training and Doctrine with the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Atlantic Command from July 1987 - July 1990.

Promoted to brigadier general in March 1992, General Dake's assignments as a general officer were: Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff of Aviation; Inspector General of the Marine Corps; Deputy Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command; Commanding General, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and Deputy Chief of Staff for Aviation.

General Dake was advanced to the rank of general and assumed his position as the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps on 5 September 1998. He retired on 7 September 2000.

General Dake's personal decorations include: the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Air Medal with Combat "V" with the numeral 2 in lieu of second award and the numeral "31", and the Navy Commendation Medal.

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