Flagler County Veteran of the Week: Ronald Stevens
Thank you for your example of service and bravery.
ByDavid Lydon, Flagler County Veterans Services Officer
| 5:00 a.m. September 14, 2023
Palm Coast Observer
Branch of Military: U.S. Air Force
Dates of Service: 1964-1968
Rank/Occupation: Sergeant/Aeronautical Chart & Information Specialist
Hometown: Athens, Vermont
Ronald Stevens grew up on a small family farm in rural Vermont. At an early age, he knew that was not the life for him. Stevens enlisted in the Air Force at age 18, just days after graduating high school. He attended basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, and then was trained in his Air Force specialty at the Aeronautical Chart & Information Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Following his training, he was assigned to Kastel Air Station in Wiesbaden, Germany, where he applied his craft. At this point in his life, he wasn’t aware that his job was considered critical in supporting U.S. efforts in Vietnam, deploying the Point Positioning Database targeting system, which gave U.S. aviators better targeting accuracy. It also provided charts and graphics to assist the planning and execution of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, which included determining lunar orbits and finding landing sites. As a respite from the tedious work, his good fortune to be stationed in Germany allowed him to tour most of Europe during his enlistment and learn to ski. After his honorable service, Stevens joined the Miami Police Department, where his career spanned from 1972 to 1995 — definitely some wild times in South Florida. He and his wife, Nancy, of 45 years this November, moved in 1995 to Palm Coast, where they raised two daughters. They now have five grandchildren. Stevens is one most pleasant and conscientious people you’ll ever meet. He’s been a local Realtor for almost 30 years, and is currently a Realtor with Palm Coast Flagler Beach Realty.
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For information about support organizations and resources available to veterans, call 386-313-4014.