“Forever Loved, Never Forgotten”

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Steve grew up in Catonsville, Md., the youngest of seven children. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy where he majored in Political Science, was part of the leadership of the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference, was on the sailing team and was selected as a Trident Scholar. He graduated with distinction in 1991. After being commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer, Steve served on the USS VALLEY FORGE as Electrical Officer, First Lieutenant and Navigator. He was selected as an Olmsted Scholar and, after a year of language instruction at the Defense Language Institute in Russian and Ukrainian, moved to Kyiv, Ukraine, where he earned a Master of Science degree in International Relations from Taras Schevchenko University and traveled extensively in the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Western Europe and Central Asia. Steve served as Operations Officer on the USS GONZALEZ; on the staff of Destroyer Squadron 28; Special Assistant and Flag Aide to the Director, Surface Warfare at the Pentagon; Executive Officer on theUSS NORMANDY; Deputy Executive Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe/NATO Allied JointForce Command in Naples, Italy; Commanding Officer on the USS MAHAN during a seven-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf and Horn of Africa; and Deputy Executive Assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations and a Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations. He attended National Defense University where he earned a Master’s degree in International Security Studies and was awarded the Marine Corps Association Award forExcellence in Writing. Steve’s awards included the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards) and the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards). Steve enjoyed traveling, hiking, cycling and participating in triathlons. During his time as an Olmsted Scholar, he cycled from Vienna to Prague, partly along the former iron curtain border, and trekked in the Turkestan Mountain Range in Kyrgyzstan. In Italy, he enjoyed cycling along the Amalfi Coast, Umbria, Tuscany and the Piedmontregions. He was active in the communities and churches wherever he lived and served as a warden for Christ Church in Naples.Steve was an amazing husband and father. Family was by far his greatest joy and spent time with his family whenever possible. He was thrilled to be able to bring his daughter on many travel adventures overseas and at home. He possessed a rare blend of humility, leadership, humor, work ethic, intelligence, curiosity and an unwavering faith in God. He applied these same strengths, which brought him such success in the Navy and shone through in his personal life, to his more than two-year battle with cancer. First diagnosed in June 2011, Steve endured countless treatment courses while still spending quality time with his family, continuing to serve the Navy and attending the War College. He frequently used all the knowledge he gained about his own disease tocounsel others also battling cancer