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Stephen J. Cook
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Born in the mountains of North Carolina and raised in southeast Virginia (Norfolk, then Virginia Beach). 1981 graduate of Green Run High School. Joined US Navy in August 1983, going to Great Lakes for boot camp, and for "A" School. After unsuccessful effort in Nuclear Power School (there is a story behind that), reported to USS Belknap CG-26 in October of 1984. Home ported in Norfolk, VA, operated primarily off of the coast of Virginia/North Carolina until mid-1985. Then went into Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for a one year conversion to flag ship, then reported to Gaeta, Italy to become Sixth Fleet Flagship. While ported in Gaeta, visited many countries/points of interest. Most notable of these are: Haifa, Israel (included tour of Holy Land-Jerusalem, Bethlehem, with an overnight in Tel-Aviv); Athens, Greece (with a visit to the Acropolis); Nice, France (great place to be during `Carnivale'); Palma de Mallorca, Spain (great place to party); Rome/Naples, Italy (a natural-Gaeta is located between these two cities); and Geneva, Switzerland (a most beautiful city). Mid- 1988, reported to USS Lawrence DDG-4, home ported in Norfolk, Virginia. In May 1989, began Mediterranean/Indian Ocean Cruise. Visited Malaga, Spain; Ibiza, Spain; Izmir, Turkey; and Diego Garcia during my final two months on board (the first two months of this Med/IO Cruise). Along the way, traveled throughthe Suez Canal and crossed the equator (and was initiated as Shellback). Left active duty on July 26, 1989. January of 1990, joined US Naval Reserves. Spent four fairly uneventful years in this duty (stayed home during the Gulf War). Spent the following years (from 1989 until March 2002) as an Industrial Mechanic for a variety of companies, to include: Black & Decker, Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock, Norshipco, Bethlehem Steel Shipyard and GST Steel, Co. In March 2002, went on full disability with Veteran's Administration due to a back injury suffered aboard USS Belknap in 1985. Married in May, 1998 to Christina Marie Hill Afrisio. I am stepfather to three children (Anthony, Janina, and Elizabeth Afrisio) and have two children with Christina (Mary and Olivia Cook).
Am Executive Director for the National Combat Medical Memorial &
Youth Education Center, Inc, an organization whose purpose is to honor all military medical personnel that have served all branches of the military during all periods of conflict.

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