Steven Kay joined the United States Marine Corps in June 2009. Three days after graduating high school, Steve left for Marine Corps boot camp in Parris Island, South Carolina. After thirteen weeks of boot camp, Steven continued to five weeks of combat training at Camp Geiger, North Carolina. Upon completion of combat training, Steven went to Communications & Electronics School in 29 Palms, California to complete training for his Military Occupational Specialty as a Data Networking Specialist.

Upon completion of training, Steven was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina with Marine Air Support Squadron 1 (MASS-1). Steven spent the next two years with MASS-1, supporting large scale training exercises in preparation for Afghanistan, such as Mojave Viper. From February to September of 2011, Steven deployed to Afghanistan with MASS-1 to support Operation Enduring Freedom. Steven’s primary duty in Afghanistan was to maintain electronic communications between infantry on the ground and direct air support. While in Afghanistan, Steven was also assigned to support Detainee Operations where he guarded and transported prisoners of war throughout the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. This allowed Steven to serve alongside the international community and have direct contact with the Afghani population. After returning from Afghanistan, Steven was stationed with II Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF) at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He finished out his final year and half at II MEF HQ where he was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in December 2013.

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