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Remembering Paratrooper Steve

 Steve Sellen was born on May 17th, 1962 in Ft. Riley, Kansas. After graduating from New Mexico Military Institute in 1982, Steve served in the California National Guard until graduating from UCLA. His first active duty assignment was with the 3-47 Infantry at Fort Lewis Washington, and his unit served with the Multinational Force and Observes in Sinai, Egypt from April – Oct 1988 (“Mung Ho!”). His next duty station was with the Big Red One, 1-16 Infantry Regiment, Panzer Kasern, in Boeblinging, Germany. He became the Commander of D Company and deployed to the first Gulf War. Upon his return he was assigned to the 3-325 Airborne Battalion Combat Team, at Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy and was immediately sent to Operation Provide Comfort in Northern Iraq. His remarkable relationship with the Kurdish children attracted the attention of reporters, and CPT Sellen became the positive highlight on local and national news in America. He later became Company C ommander of CSC, and organized the 49th anniversary of D-Day, and parachuted, with 60 other soldiers, into St. Mere-Eglise, Normandy. During his five years in Europe, Steve trained in many nations with NATO and Allied soldiers, travelling for the Army and for pleasure. He was always eager to interact with the people of the over 25 countries he visited including the Czech Republic, Romania, Austria, Greece, Belgium, and Turkey. When he returned to The States in 1994, he worked at Concepts Analysis in Bethesda, Maryland, and earned a Master of Science Degree at George Mason University, Virginia. His last assignment was as S4 at HDQ, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Div., Camp Hovey, Korea. He resigned, and was Honorably Discharged, from the Army as a Major on Feb 21, 1997. His military accomplishments include completing the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle Commander Course, and Combined Arms and Services Staff School. He earned the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Paratrooper Badge, The Air Assault Badge, the Ranger Tab, Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation Award, along with the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and numerous service medals and ribbons. Steve went on to a successful career as a District Manager with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, and in his spare time built a beautiful candy apple red dune buggy from a heap of rusted and dented parts. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2008 and passed away on April 19, 2010. Steve lived a life of compassion, strength, humor and courage, and he leaves behind a legacy of good friends, a grateful wife and family and lots of laughter and love.

 

  

  

 
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