Steve joined the Canadian Forces in 1977 as an air force armourer. His initial trades training was taken at the Canadian Forces School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (Small Arms) and the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace and Ordnance Engineering (Aircraft Weapons & Explosives). For twenty one years, he bounced around Europe, the US and various bases across Canada, helping to curb Communism, eliminate petty dictatorships and scare away Luddites.
After graduating from the CDN Forces School of Aerospace and Ordnance Engineering (CFSAOE) in 1979, he was posted to Germany with 1 Canadian Air Group Maintenance Squadron, working with the CF-104 Starfighter, explosives and small arms.
In 1983, he joined 434 Tactical Fighter Squadron (CF5 Freedom Fighter) in Quebec and was selected for EOD (Explosives Ordnance Disposal) training. He remained with 434 Sqn until the squadron was closed in 1988. He traveled extensively throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, on temporary duty at various stations around the world including the US, Norway and the Mediterranean.
In 1988, he was posted to Canada’s west coast with 407MP (Maritime Patrol) Squadron – CP-140 Aurora, antisubmarine ops. He worked as NCO in charge of Torpedo Electronics and later as an armament investigator in aircraft crash and safety investigations.
In 1992, as a result of his experiences with weapons and explosives, he was selected as an armament instructor and posted to the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering. He taught there until his retirement from the military in 1999.
Steve has authored a number of books about the 303 British, 7.62x51mm and 7.62x39mm cartridges. He has also written about the Lee Enfield rifle, which was Canada’s principle military arm for over forty years. His books are in use with police agencies across North America.
His readers include the federal government, military brass and even a US Senator! He has also published two fiction books and has been featured in or contributed to a number of publications including the Lee Enfield Digest, the Black Powder Journal, British Enfield Rifles – No 4 and No 5 Rifles (North Cape Publications), Handloader Magazine and Canadian Shooting Sports Assn magazine among others. You will also see his work around the Web at places like www.6mmBR.com and www.thegunzone.com.
In 2005, he began teaching as a civilian instructor at the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering. Steve retired after a total of 17 years at the school – both in and out of uniform – in the fall of 2015. He has been happily married for 38 years to his wife Tammy. Steve has three children and two grandkids.