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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Marion County Sheriff’s Office honors its veterans  

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is celebrating Veteran’s Day by honoring the men and women who have served this country, including over a dozen veterans who are currently working for the sheriff’s office.

In a social media post, Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods stated, “I am proud to celebrate Veteran’s Day with each of you. Like you, I live in freedom. But we know that freedom has never come cheaply. It has been handed to us by the hands of those that stood up to serve their country.”

“Some have paid the ultimate price for these freedoms, and some are living and working right here in our community,” added Sheriff Woods.

MCSO Veterans Day Robert Schmidt United States Army works at Marion County Jail as detention assistant
Veteran and MCSO employee Robert Schmidt (Photo courtesy of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

Robert Schmidt served in the United States Army for nearly 18 years and he reached the rank of Sergeant First Class. He has been with MCSO for 5 years and currently works as a detention assistant at Marion County Jail.

MCSO Veterans Day Sue Van Weelden works at court house
Veteran and MCSO employee Sue Van Weelden (Photo courtesy of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

Sue Van Weelden served in the United States Marine Corps from 1990 to 1992. During Operation Desert Storm, she spent 6 months as an engineer purifying water. She has been with MCSO for 20 years and currently works at the courthouse.

MCSO Veterans Day Fred Chisholm United States Army Reserve
Veteran and MCSO employee Fred Chisholm (Photo courtesy of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

Fred Chisholm is currently a Command Sergeant Major in the United States Army Reserves and is stationed in Georgia. He also works for MCSO as a captain over special operations.

MCSO Veterans Day Kory Diley United States Marine Corps
Veteran and MCSO employee Kory Diley (Photo courtesy of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

Kory Diley served in the United States Marine Corps for 9 years under Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He has been with MCSO for 6 months and currently works as a deputy.

MCSO Veterans Day Sharon Bruce United States Navy
Veteran and MCSO employee Sharon Bruce (Photo courtesy of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

Sharon Bruce served in the United States Navy for 4 years of active duty and one year of active reserves. During her service, she was stationed in Alaska, Texas, and Japan. She has been with MCSO for 27 years and currently works as an executive secretary for the Major in charge of the Law Enforcement Bureau.

MCSO Veterans Day Darren Bruner United States Air Force
Veteran and MCSO employee Darren Bruner (Photo courtesy of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

Darren Bruner served in the United States Air Force from August 1986 to October 1996. During his service, he was stationed in Arkansas, Montana, and South Korea. His daughter took after him and is now stationed out of Germany with the Air Force. He has been with MCSO for 26 years and currently works as a command pilot with the Aviation Unit.

MCSO Veterans Day Craig Evans United States Navy
Veteran and MCSO employee Craig Evans (Photo courtesy of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

Craig Evans served in the United States Navy for 4 years as an Electrician’s Mate Third Class. He has been with MCSO for 20 years and currently works as a detective.

MCSO Veterans Day David Ingram United States Army
Veteran and MCSO employee David Ingram (Photo courtesy of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

David Ingram served in the United States Army for 4 years. During his service, he specialized in electronic warfare signal intelligence as a Syrian Arabic voice interceptor. He has been with MCSO for 6 years and currently works as a property control officer.

MCSO Veterans Day Daryle Greene United States Navy
Veteran and MCSO employee Daryle Greene (Photo courtesy of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

Daryle Greene served in the United States Navy from 1989 to 1993 as a Petty Officer Third Class, and he provided direct support during Operation Desert Storm. He has been with MCSO for 27 years and currently works as a school resource officer at Sparr Elementary School.

MCSO Veterans Day Don Standridge United States Army
Veteran and MCSO employee Don Standridge (Photo courtesy of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

Don Standridge served in the United States Army for six and a half years and spent another 3 years in the Florida National Guard flying helicopters. His deployments included Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, and Somalia. He has been in law enforcement for 28 years and currently works for MCSO as a lieutenant in the Aviation Unit.

MCSO Veterans Day Jon Turner United States Marine Corps
Veteran and MCSO employee Jon Turner (Photo courtesy of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

Jon Turner enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after high school in 1996 and was released from reserves status in 2004. He was a tank mechanic, non-combat, and spent his service mostly stateside at training and duty stations. He has been with MCSO for 23 years and currently works as a captain patrol commander.

MCSO Veterans Day Paul Bloom United States Army
Veteran and MCSO employee Paul Bloom (Photo courtesy of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

Paul Bloom served in the United States Army as a Combat Medic. He left the Army and then rejoined after September 11, 2001, and he was assigned to the same unit (Third Infantry Division) that his grandfather served during World War II. After his service, he worked for the fire department as a firefighter/paramedic prior to joining MCSO as a lieutenant and public information director.

MCSO Veterans Day Neapolian Brooks United States Army
Veteran and MCSO employee Neapolian Brooks (Photo courtesy of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

Neapolian Brooks served in the United States Army for a little over 20 years. He has been with MCSO for over 4 years and currently works in the Aviation Unit.

“When you meet one of these folks, join me in letting them know just how much we appreciate what they have done, and let’s take today to remember with great gratitude their patriotism,” said Sheriff Woods.