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Chief Steven J. 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.  Steven J. Newton began his law enforcement career in 1977 when he joined the Springfield Police Department (Missouri).  In 1995, he became the chief of police of the Clever Police Department (Missouri).


Now retired and afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease, he continues to write article for various law enforcement, military and veteran publications. He is also the author of the "Old Sergeant" and the "Old Sergeant and Friends." Steve Newton continues to serve 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 Steven J. Newton writes monthly articles called the Best of the Best that attempts to spotlight and honor men and women in uniform.  Steven Newton is a 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 and the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award.  Steven Newton is the author of two books: The Old Sergeant and The Old Sergeant and Friends.


According to the book Description, “The short stories of The Old Sergeant compile many different aspects of the human character, including inspiration, tragedy, honor and humor. He is fictional, but his life, and the lives of the men he commands, become very real to the reader as the stories come together as one. One life lived and some lives lost. Through the war in Iraq and reflections on past wars won, now a distant memory, the Old Sarge is someone who most everyone can relate to. There is a real-time sense in all of the stories told, to be embraced into the reader’s mind and heart. The lives of everyone, even the enemy on the battlefield, come into play in riveting reality and bring a sense of being a part of something bigger than the self. Teamwork and the full scope of humanity, in times of war and strife, give the reader a feeling of community and inspiration when Old Sarge comes to life in some of the most touching and poignant stories of war, love, humanity and duty."


According to the book description of the Old Sergeant and Friends, “The “Old Sergeant” is back and this time he has brought his friends. Cowboy, Doc, the Padre and Dog are characters that will lift your heart. Also in this book are exclusive stories from our soldiers in the war zone and poems from their families. Join the “Old Sergeant” and all his friends as they fight for the freedom of a nation and for their own lives.”

The Old Sergeant and Friends
Steven J. Newton  More Info

The Old Sergeant
Steven J. Newton  More Info

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