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Legacy Marine: Wayne Steele has 41 years in

This colonel has served longer than most leathernecks have been alive

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Jun 10, 2012 12:27:10 EDT

Col. Wayne R. Steele despises the term “lifer.” He’s a “professional Marine,” thank you very much. Yet after 41 years (and counting), Steele, 61, has spent the better part of his time on earth serving in the Marine Corps, obtaining an astounding 17 ranks along the way, pulling duty at darn-near every base or air station in the service, and deploying in support of multiple operations dating back to the 1970s.

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