A native of richwood, west virginia, 1stsgt mick was born steve russell mick in 1951.
His father left the coal mines of west virginia and moved to akron, ohio where 1stsgt mick stayed until enlisting in the UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS in 1970 he graduated from Garfield high school and atended Kent stste University.
HE atended boot camp at paris island and ther erned the title of UNITED STATES MARINE. After attending various military technical schools he served his contry in: Vietnam, Philippines, Okinawa, Hong Kong, Singapore and other areas of south east asia.
after a tour of recuting in Elkhart, Indiana 1stsgt mick retured to souther california deploying to Okinawa and Iwakuni, Japan. He also taught Aviation Electronics for the Marine corps, Navy, Air Force, Army and Coast Guard.
In 1990 1stsgt Mick was promoted to his present rank and was transferred to the 11th Marine Artilar Regiment. he was with them during desrt storm.
In 1997 1stsgt Mick retired from active duty and began teaching Marine Corps JROTC at EL RANCHO HIGH SCHOOL.