Stephen “Steve” Simpliciano participated in the ROTC in college, graduated in 1979, enlisted in the US Air Force, and proudly served for 18 years. He went to technical school and became an Aircraft Maintenance Officer starting at Mountain Home AFB, next at Okinawa AFB with the Combat Air Patrol going all over the western Pacific, and then at Langley AFB’s Headquarters Tactical Air Command in Information Systems. Steve served for 6 months in Saudia Arabia and surrounding areas during Desert Shield and Desert Storm and became a Squadron Commander at Edwards AFB in CA before he received an early out retiring in 1996 as a Lt. Colonel.
Steve stayed connected to the military as a civilian working for a consulting firm with the Navy and Marine Corps Aviation and Sikorsky Helicopter Co, which manufactures Marine heavy lift helicopters. He worked for the Federal Government as a strategic planner in the Taxpayer Experience Office. Steve has been building model airplanes since he was in seventh grade and has 22 planes in his collection!
Steve and his wife Jennifer have three adult children and one grandson. He is also an avid reader of events of WWII, especially the Pacific Ocean Theater, and loves to experiment with cooking. He found out in 2008 that he had Type 2 diabetes, then in 2019 was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.
So far, he has been able to stay off dialysis and would love to be able to receive a new kidney and never need to rely on it! Steve has enlisted the help of a Veteran's organization called DOVE Transplant which is helping in his outreach to find his life-saving kidney donor. DOVE will assist all prospective donors throughout the process and make sure they do not incur any out-of-pocket expenses related to the evaluation or surgery.
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