I served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 12-02 to 04-10. Basic training was at MCRD San Diego. I was stationed in Miramar with 4th Med Battalion and later transferred to 5th Battalion, 14th Marines in Seal Beach. I deployed with Oscar Btry to Fallujah, Iraq in 2005 and November Btry to Helmand Province in 2009.
I separated from the Marine Corps as a Sgt. MOS 3531 Motor Vehicle Operator.
Civilian life I am married and have 3 children. I am a Realtor by profession and enjoy all things hockey and scuba diving.
I enlisted on 7-15-98, going to MCRD, San Diego. From there I went to the School of Infantry, Camp Pendleton, CA. From there, on to Marine Barracks 8th and I, Washington D.C., for two years as Presidential Honor Guard. Then back to my main MOS as infantry with 3/6 at Camp Lejuene. Then in 2001, I went to Cherry Point, N.C. for Special Operations Capable training until I was deployed to Afghanistan immediately after the 9-11 attack, with Maritime Special Purpose Forces. Stop Loss extended my enlistment, and I got out of the Corps and started college, only to be recalled 9 months later when the war with Irag started. After being recalled, I served 1 year as Military Police at Camp Pendleton, CA.
Now I live in Lake Forest, California, with my wife and 2 daughters. I enjoy Nature and I like to spend my free time in the ocean or mountain biking.
Served USMC 9/1958-12/1963 MOS 1371 (combat engineer. 1964 to present; La Scala school of culinary Arts FLORENCE Italy, Became C.E.C. (Certified Executive Chef ) ( C.C.E. Certified Chef Educator )
Corp Ecec. Chef IHOP, Weston Hotels, Western Host Food Service, Speciality Restaurants Corp.
Member of the first American Culinary Arts Team to win a gold medal in 1968 culinary Olympics,
(First in American History.) Gold medal winner of 12 international food competitions and after 50 plus
years has created over 490 food concepts and remains an active Consultant in the industry.
Graduated 1972 - Huntington Park High School
1974-2000 Office Worker / Steel & Aluminum Distributor - Earle M. Jorgensen, Lynwood, CA
2001 to Present Receptionist & Emergency Response Team Member, Long Beach Water Department, Long Beach, CA
U.S. Marine Corps Corporal
Third Marine Division
Company I, Third Battalion, Ninth Marine
Automatic Rifleman and Squad Leader
Enlisted after Pearl Harbor
Drill Instructor - Stationed at San Diego Marine Base until deployed
WWII ~ Iwo Jima Volcano Islands / deployed November 5, 1944
BRONZE STAR MEDAL / COMBAT "V" ~ MARCH 23, 1945
Steve currently serves as the Paymaster for the MCAS El Toro Detachment 017, Marine Corps League. He has been a member of the detachment and league since 2012. As Paymaster, his primary responsibilities are bookkeeping and bill paying for the detachment as well as processing new member applications and membership renewals.
Steve became a Marine after graduating from high school in 1980; spending his 18th birthday in boot camp. He served for eight years on active duty. After being out a few years he joined the Marine Corps Reserve in 1992. He served for 18 years as a reservist with two mobilizations and deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005. MOS' include 6060/6048 Aviation Life Support, 8421 Career Planner, and 8999. Steve has crewed on UH-1N, UC-12B, and CH-46E aircraft earning a combat aircrew designation. As a First Sergeant, he served with 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion and 5/14. In total, he served 26 years before retiring in 2011 as a First Sergeant.
As a civilian, Steve has worked in facility management for 27 years. He's married with two adult children and lives in Orange, California.
Boot Camp, Paris Island
Served at MCAS El Toro from 6/1957 - 6/1962
MOS: 6442 - Aviation hydraulic Nomadic Mechanic
HIGHLIGHT OF MARINE CAREER:
Became one of the few enlisted Marines ever to break the sound barrier on April 21, 1960. He's a member of the "Qualified Boomer" club for this achievement, also called the Royal Order of the Mach.