Sheriff’s Agent Mark McDilda Dedicated To Service
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // January 1, 2015
'Wednesday Warrior' Member of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office since November of 1992
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Each week, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office recognizes a current member of our agency that, in addition to helping protect our community, has also proudly served our country as a member of the United States Armed Forces.
This week’s “Wednesday Warrior” is Agent Mark McDilda who has been a member of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office since November of 1992, when he was sworn in as an Auxiliary Deputy.
Agent McDilda served two years as an Auxiliary Deputy with our agency until 1994 when he was hired as a full time Deputy Sheriff. His first assignment was as a Deputy Sheriff in our South Precinct and since that time has also been assigned to the North, Cape Canaveral and East Precincts.
Since gaining employment with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Agent McDilda has held various assignments including Corporal, Field Training Officer, Career Development Recruiter, TAC Team member and a member of the DUI Enforcement Unit.
Agent McDilda is currently an active member and sniper on the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team where he has diligently served since 1997. He is currently assigned as an Investigative Agent in the North Precinct General Crimes Unit.
Prior to gaining employment with our agency, Agent McDilda began his military career in 1984 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army as an electronic technician. While in the Army, he was stationed in New Jersey, Georgia, North Carolina and Germany.
In 1988, Agent McDilda moved from active duty and enlisted in the Florida National Guard. While serving in the National Guard, he worked as a helicopter mechanic in the 1/111th Attack Helicopter Assault Company in Jacksonville, Florida.
He subsequently moved from helicopter mechanic to the 124th Infantry Regiment’s 53rd Brigade.
In 2005, Agent McDilda’s unit was called to active duty for 15 months in Afghanistan where he served as the Section Sergeant in charge of two anti-armor gun trucks which preformed convoy escorts, personal security escorts and combat patrols.
In 2007, Agent McDilda changed branches of military service from the Army National Guard to the U.S. Air Force Reserves in the 301st Rescue Squadron, which is a part of the 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base.
Agent McDilda served as an Aerial Gunner on a helicopter that provided support for personnel assigned to perform recovery operations and helo-medevac missions supporting the ISAF. He was again deployed and performed missions in the Helmund Providence of Afghanistan.
Upon returning from Afghanistan, Agent McDilda has since accepted a First Sergeant assignment in the 920th Logistical Readiness Flight as a reservist and is currently attending the Senior NCO Academy to be promoted to an officer within the ranks of the U.S. Air Force.
Please join our agency as we salute Agent McDilda for dedicating his service not only to the great citizens of Brevard County, but also to the United States of America.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been a law enforcement officer for over three decades. Sheriff Ivey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections.
Prior to being elected in 2012, Sheriff Ivey served the citizens of the State of Florida as a Resident Agent in Charge for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. As a member of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sheriff Ivey developed and created the country’s first ever statewide Task Force on Identity Theft. That same year the Task Force was named one of the top five most innovative programs in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and investigated approximately 44 million dollars in fraud cases. Additionally, as a member of FDLE, Sheriff Ivey created the Child Abduction Response Team (C.A.R.T) that re-defined the way Child Abduction cases are conducted throughout the country today. The program was later selected as the most innovative program in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is now used as a nationwide model in the response and investigation of child abductions.
Sheriff Ivey has testified before the United States Congress on law enforcement related matters and has extensive experience in the area of Public Integrity Investigations. Sheriff Ivey was honored as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Special Agent of the Year (1996) and was also recognized by the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for his Outstanding Contributions to Criminal Justice. In August of 2011 Sheriff Ivey was honored by the National Organization of Victims Advocacy for his work at the national level as an advocate of victim’s rights and protection.
Sheriff Ivey speaks regularly on topics such as Identity Theft, Crime in America, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Self Defense through Mental Preparedness. Sheriff Ivey firmly believes that Crime Prevention and Education are vital to reduce our crime rate and protect our community.