Military Appreciation Honoree - MAJ Stephen Kintzley

Military Appreciation Honoree - MAJ Stephen Kintzley

MAJ Stephen Kintzley
U.S. Marine Corps, Retired

Two days after graduating from high school in 1990, I was standing tall on a pair of yellow footprints at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California. Twenty-three years and 12 days later, I found myself looking back on an extremely eventful military career that included deployments as an enlisted Recon Marine in Operation Desert Storm in 1991, Somalia in 1993-1994, and a couple more combat deployments as an Expeditionary Ground Reconnaissance Officer in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom between 2003 and 2005.

As I look back, I am truly humbled, honored and privileged to have served alongside such an elite group of recon warriors, including old salts like Sergeant “Mac” McCarley, Corporal “Pigpen” George, “Doc” Saelua, and the fearless and heroic “Ghostriders” of 1st Recon Bn’s Alpha-Two. I am forever grateful to men like these who epitomize all that is good in a turbulent world, and who have done more than their part to keep the backbone of this great nation upright and strong. I thank them and all who serve for giving me the opportunity to go home everyday and hug my beautiful wife and two awesome boys.

Before retiring in July 2013, I was honored to serve as the Deputy Commander of a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) detachment in Vietnam for my “twilight tour,” where my mission was to locate, recover and repatriate those Americans still unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War. I only hope my efforts there were enough to help provide closure to some of those families whose loved ones gave everything to keep us free.

I now live in Colorado where I serve as the Senior Marine Instructor of a Marine Corps Junior ROTC program at Northridge High School in the city of Greeley. Go Grizzlies!

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Timothy B.

5/22/2014 9:36 AM

Thank you for your service and commitment to our great nation, Major Kintzley!

Jonathan H.

5/22/2014 11:00 AM

Thanks brother

Greg M.

5/22/2014 11:27 AM

Semper Fi

Peter M.

5/22/2014 1:23 PM

Thanks You for you service. I sleep better at night knowing there are men like you watching over us.

Tim E.

5/22/2014 1:40 PM

Men like you are what make America the greatest and safest country in the world. I thank you for your service in the worlds finest military unit! NHS should be so proud to have you on their staff. Semper Fi!

Joe B.

5/22/2014 2:11 PM

Thank you for your service

Ray V.

5/22/2014 2:44 PM

Hey sir, I am honored to have served with you in Iraq '03. What do I have to do to get some of the footage from that op? Especially the landmine stuff! Semper Fi Ray "Tripwire" Valdez

steve g.

5/22/2014 6:16 PM

Its good to see you brother. You can track me down through Geiger and I hope you do. Grassfield

Randall M.

5/23/2014 1:58 AM

God Bless You and Thank You...Semper Fi...USMC 1983-1987 0351

Thomas M.

5/28/2014 7:35 AM

SEMPER FI! I too enlisted in the Marine Corps straight out of HS in 1990. MCRD San Diego as well.

Donald B.

11/22/2014 9:20 AM

From a Navy Corpsman with ForceRecon in VietNam thank you for all you have done with ( JPAC )