Honored at the event was Staff Sgt. Tyler R. Wilde, a former Norwalk resident.
The 2nd Battalion 1st Marines is an infantry battalion in the United States Marine Corps based out of Camp Pendleton, Calif., consisting of about 1,000 Marines and Sailors. The Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 has conducted combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The “Heavy Haulers” have a continuous record of performance supporting the coalition forces in the war against terrorism.
Wilde’s Marine Corps career began on July 2, 2007, when he attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), Parris Island, S.C. Wilde executed orders in November 2010 to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464 aboard MCAS New River. During his time with HMH-464, Wilde deployed in 2011 to Afghanistan in support of the Operation Enduring Freedom as a Collateral Duty Inspector and again in 2013 to the Unit Deployment Program in Okinawa, Japan, as a Collateral Duty Quality Assurance Representative.
Upon returning from Okinawa, Wilde was assigned to the Quality Assurance Division where he obtained his Quality Assurance Representative Qualification. In January 2016, he was then deployed to Norway in support of NATO Exercise Operation Cold Response. Wilde executed orders to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462, MCAS Miramar, San Diego, Calif., in July 2016 and served as a quality assurance representative.
In May 2017, he deployed to Okinawa, Japan, in support of the Unit Deployment Program 17.2. While in Okinawa, Wilde served as a quality assurance representative and then as a maintenance control representative.
Returning in November 2017, Wilde was assigned as the phase division chief.
His personal awards include a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars and a Good Conduct Medal with three stars.
Wilde lives in Murrieta, Calif., with his wife Caitlin and two daughters Maddisyn and Brooklyn. He is the son of Howard Wilde of Norwalk and Theresa Wilde, also of Norwalk. He grew up in Norwalk and graduated from St. Paul High School.