Steve Newton is a 25-year law enforcement veteran and a former Marine/Navy veteran. He served with the 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division. With the Navy, he was with NAVACTS-UK-318 and was called back to active duty for the first Desert Storm.
Now retired and afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease, he continues to write articles for various law enforcement, military and veteran publications. He is also the author of the "Old Sergeant" and the "Old Sergeant and Friends."
He still serves on the Advisory Board of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and serves as Director of the Law Enforcement Equipment Program. He is the Founder of the Silver Star Families of America and he is a supporter of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance.
Chief Newton writes monthly articles called the Best of the Best that attempts to spotlight and honor men and women in uniform.
Chief Newton is a proud member of American Legion Post 639 and is a member at large with the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He has been honored with several awards from the American Police Hall of Fame, including the Legion of the Purple Heart and has been nominated as Police Officer of the year by the National American Legion. He has also been awarded the Department of Defense Exceptional Publice Service Award by the Secretary of Defense, the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award, and the Lifetime Call to Service Award as part of the PVSA program.
Chief Newton feels that his goal in life is to promote the morale of all people in uniform, from members of the Armed Forces to Emergency Services.
Chief Newton has been nominated for the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Steve Newton founded and maintains LEEP, the Law Enforcement Equipment Program, and serves as a connection between those with used law enforcement equipment and the Iraqi and Afghanistan Police Force, who has little to no equipment. For more information visit: www.lawenforcementequipmentprogram.org
The Star Families of America
Steve Newton wanted to make a difference in the lives of wounded service memebrs and Veterans. He founded The Silver Star Families of America to carry out that wish and designed Silver Star Banners to be presented to those wounded within the warzone from ALL wars. Form information visit: www.silverstarfamilies.org
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND AWARDS
Served in the 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division
(Vietnam ERA veteran)
Served with NAVACTS-UK 318 United States Navy
Called back to active duty for Desert Storm
National Defense 2 stars
Enlisted Surface Warfare Medal
Honorary Chief Master at Arms and
Plank holder of the USS Missouri
Good conduct Medal Navy/Marine
Overseas Deployment Medal
State of Missouri Vietnam Award
25 year law enforcement veteran
Retired as Police Chief
Legion of the Purple Heart
George Washington Medal
2 Commendation Medals
National Patriotism Award
Distinguished Service Award
Jay Edgar Hoover Award
Nominated for American Legion Officer of the Year
Graduate of FBI CLEEDS Academy
Police Academy Instructor
Serves on the National Police Chief Advisory Board
Proclamation from the Missouri House of Representatives
Author of the Old Sergeant, The Old Sergeant and Friends
and The Old Sergeant Rides Again
Numerous newspaper, magazine and technical articles
President of the Silver Star Families of America
Founder of the law Enforcement Equipment Program
(Recipient of Newman’s Award)
Teaching (sub) Certificate-State of Missouri
Certificate from the SSFOA
Recipient of the Department of Defense
Exceptional Service Award
Supporter of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance
Presidential Service Award
Member of the American Legion Post 639
Member at Large Veterans of Foreign Wars
Nominated for the Presidential Medal of Freedom
Clever man honored for public service
Rachel Leake for the Headliner News 07/28/2004
Steven J. Newton first began public service as a Marine in the 1970s. Thirty-five years later he's still at it. Newton has turned his retirement from law enforcement into a full-time volunteer public relations career with the military. And, has garnered recognition from Missouri's Sen. Kit Bond.
Earlier this month, Bond awarded Newton the Department of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. The award recognized Newton for his labor of love-a Web site, Newton's Best of the Best
It is here that Newton bridges the miles and the time that keep loved ones separated during their military service. He provides a much needed connection.
According to the Web site, Newton feels that his goal in life is to promote the morale of all people in uniform, from members of the Armed Forces to Emergency Services.
He is a 25-year law enforcement veteran and a former Marine/Navy veteran. He served with the 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division. He joined the Naval reserve in 1988. It seemed safe enough and almost guaranteed he wouldn't actually be called to duty. But then came Desert Storm.
In January 1991 Newton was shipped off to Kuwait to fight in Desert Storm as a Master of Arms. His job was to support the American Legion by supplying protection as well as writing articles and newsletters.
When his tour ended, Newton moved from Springfield to Clever, and retired.
However, retirement didn't last long and Newton ended up taking on the role of Police Chief in Clever. He did this for three years until he was affected with Parkinson's Disease.
The disease however, has not stopped Newton from doing what he does best-sharing information with the military community.
"I spend about 150 hours per month online and probably 150 hours a month off-line," Newton said. All of this time is spent writing for about 10 or 11 different organizations including "Soldier Moms." This is a wonderful organization for mothers who's child or children are fighting over seas. As well mother's who have previously had children in war.
"Their kids started sending me (pictures and letters) of their own," he said. Newton writes countless articles for this organization as well as prayers. He has given permission for numerous churches to use his prayers.
The "Soldier Moms" wrote about 30 letters of recommendation, in hopes of getting this award to the man who, they say, truly deserves it. His wife, Diane, worked just as hard in sending the recommendations, as well as other countless documents. Bond sent the public service award to Diane "for presentation."
"She just hit me over the head with it and said 'Here's your award,'" Newton said laughing. Now he is working to parlay his acknowledgment into a ticket to Iraq. He wants a chance to visit all of his "kids," (the children of the "Soldier Mom's"). So far he hasn't realized that dream.
"We'll see about that," Newton said. "I don't give up very easily."
Newton said he plans to go out there and shake hands with all of the troops serving from Missouri and then search for the sons and daughters of his "Soldier Moms."
Newton is very humble about the work he does, and had to be urged to speak numerous times by his wife.
"Time for you to toot your own horn," Diane urged. "Stop being so humble."
Newton was quick to acknowledge that without his family's support, he couldn't give any to those soldiers serving abroad.
"I couldn't do any of this stuff without Diane, and my kids," he said.
Diane edits all of his work. His son Joe does the technical editing and the security for the Web site. They have to be very careful about the information put on the Web site. There are rules and regulations for the soldiers safety that Newton follows closely. Sharon, his daughter, does the "artistic editing," making everything look good.
And even though, Newton faces medical challenges, he's making good on his commitment to the men and women in uniform.
©Ozarks Newsstand 2004