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Dave DiBettas career with the government began in the early 80s after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Fredonia. It began when he enrolled in the U.S. Army and served in the military police.  In the Army Dave represented first army at the all army pistol championship.  After the Army, Dave worked for the IRS in the underwriter's program until he received a full-time position as a Customs Inspector at JFK International Airport in New York. While a Customs Inspector, Dave applied for a position with Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms; the next 22 years Dave served as a Special Agent with ATF.

During those years Dave received a number of commendations including the, Directors Award, the Distinguished Service Medal for valor, eight special act/service awards, and several letters of appreciation and on the spot awards. Dave worked numerous national and international events, to include Republican and Democrat National Conventions, NATO 50th Anniversary, a Middle East Peace Summit, a United Nations General Assembly meeting, two Olympic Games one in Atlanta 1996 and the other in Greece in 2004, a National Boy Scout Jamboree, NASCAR Raceway security and many other interesting events. In addition, Dave's biography was read on the Senate floor in 2009 where U.S. Senator Kaufman compared him to Caesar Rodney.


Dave received extensive IED, WMD, Command and Control training during his career with ATF.  His training led Dave to some remarkable situations and positions.  He was a member of ATFs Special Response Team, as well as the National Response Team, he was also a Hazmat Tec and he held the position of a Tactical Operations Officer.  Dave also revitalized the local chapter for the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association in Delaware becoming its chapter president, and later becoming Agency President representing all ATF agents nationwide. David DiBetta is the co-author of Plain Old Agent.

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