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!