Brig. Gen. Steve Dunfee
Commanding the Division (2008-2009)
General Dunfee has had a long and illustrious career as a soldier, a public servant, and a living historian.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Steve grew up in Tucson, Arizona. After graduating High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served with the H Co., 3d U.S. Infantry, "The Old Guard," where he was assigned ceremonial duty at Arlington National Cemetery. Steve served three years of active duty followed by three years in the Reserve. The Old Guard, among its myriad of duties and specialties, is the US Army’s official ceremonial unit and escort to the President. Steve’s assignments, in addition to infantry and combat training, included 18th Century parade drill and being a drill instructor for Von Steuben’s Manual, Unit Historian, various VIP dignitary details, Assistant Section Leader, and special assignment to the Fife and Drum Corps as both a drummer and fifer/soloist.
After discharge from the Army, Steve joined the Tucson Police Department where he served for 20 years, making the grade of Detective and serving on many special task Forces before recently retiring. Steve has also worked in the business world, teaching Leadership, Ethics, and training entrepreneurs as a Senior Vice President for a subsidiary of a Dow Jones 30 company.
Since 1991, Steve has published a catalog "Specializing in Personal Items of the Civil War Period" for personal collectors and museums. Many of his customers are also Living Historians. In 1997 he began the production of museum quality reproduction personal items and museum quality period packaging and labeling.
Steve is a life member of the Old Guard Association. A member of every generation of Steve’s family has served in the US military from the Revolutionary War to the present with 28 known descendants serving the Union forces during the Civil War. He was proud to continue that tradition and did so in their honor. He is a Christian Soldier, and a private in the Army of the Lord!
Steve and his wife Laura, who have been happily married for 30 years, recently relocated to Fort Scott, Kansas where they purchased an 1850s farmhouse that has significant history, and which they are spending much time restoring.
Steve began his Reenacting/Living History endeavors in 1967. His first public activity was as at the dedication of the John C. Fremont house in Tucson. He started out at a tender age as a field musician playing fife, drum, or bugle as needed. As soon as he was old enough to shoulder a musket, he was in the ranks.
Over the past 40 years he has served in and/or founded various units including the 8th US Infantry, 5th US Cavalry, 5th CA Vols., and A Co., 1st Bat., US Marines. In the mid 1970s Steve joined the newly formed 23rd SNY of the Arizona Civil War Institute. During the 125th Anniversary events he served primarily as Orderly 1st Sergeant, then was then elected as Captain.
Steve and Dom Dal Bello soon met and endeavored to form a far-western battalion for regional and larger events. As a result, in 1991 the Army of the Pacific was born! Their goal then as it has been ever since was to simply provide the best environment to allow soldiers to have the living history/military experiences they desire and deserve. To that end, in addition to field command duties, now Lt. Colonel Dunfee took on creating the living history experience of the men of the army through the development, provision and forming of staff, to developing the production of the full field commissary, field sutlery, mail calls, payrolls, , creating the School of the officer, School of the NCO, parade and drill, & logistics transport.
The AoP subsequently became a member brigade of the 1st Federal Division. Lieutenant Colonel Dunfee continued to serve with the AOP until accepting promotion to serve as the new commander of the Division.