Steven E. Auchman of Waterloo NY was born with a twin brother John on April 21, 1967.
On November 9, 2004 at the age of 37, Steven E. Auchman perished in the service of our country in Mosul, Iraq, from of injuries sustained when, at approximately 10 a.m, multiple rocket-propelled grenades struck his location. This was due to hostile enemy action. He was working operational tactical support for an Army Stryker Brigade supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom at the time of the attack.
He graduated from Waterloo High School in 1985.
He joined the United States Air Force in October 1985.
In 19 years of service, Steve attained the rank of Master Seargent.
Steve was married to Jennifer (Jenny), and had two teen age sons, Eric and Brian.
He began his tour of duty in Iraq in October 2004 and was scheduled to leave in January 2005.
Steve was a Radio Maintainance NCO assigned to the 5th Air Support Operations Squadron, Fort Lewis, Washington. He was re-assigned from the 1st Combat Communications Squadron, Ramstein Air base, Germany, in February, 2004.
Steve's group commander, Colonel George Bochain, said of Steve, "Steven was a wonderful father, a true hero and a superb Airman. He volunteered to serve our country and protect all Americans, and he did just that on the frontlines of Iraq."