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maintenance support to advance troops fighting in remote areas,” Steve said. “We were in harm’s way, and all our military training kicked in. As a unit commander I relied on my training to help me identify which of my troops had the expertise to take on each role effectively. We quickly learned to deal with fear and still make good decisions.” After a military career of 13 years and many moves, Steve was ready for civilian life. His wife and three children were too. Linda recalled that Steve worked hard to balance the demands of career and family, but she was ready to have him home. “Steve is a wonderful husband and a great father,” Linda said. “When our kids were growing up, he was strict but very loving. He taught them what it takes to be successful in life.” Educational Leader and Mentor After the Gulf War and a stint as an auditor at NBC, Steve landed a position as Manager of Internal Auditing with the Los Angeles Community College District. At the time, LACCD was the world’s largest such district with nine colleges serving 100,000 students. In 1996, Steve was appointed Dean of Business Services at Gavilan College – a three-year position that allowed him to grow professionally and implement some of his ideas. He and Linda bought a home in Morgan Hill and settled into life in a small town. In 1999, he enrolled at Golden Gate University to pursue his doctoral degree in Business Administration while working part-time as an Accounting Instructor in the university’s business program. Steve said that because the government’s educational policies and regulations are con- stantly changing, accounting and auditing