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Meet Steve Wightman

Born and raised in Newton, Steve Wightman grew up on a small farm along the Charles River. “I was raised to age eight or nine on goats milk,” he says. At 14, Wightman began an egg delivery service with a friend in their hometown with the mission to save up for college. At 18, less than a month after graduating from Newton High School, Wightman was drafted.

On March 6, 1966, Wightman put his plans for college on the backburner and reported to boot camp in Fort Dix, New Jersey. There he became the top brigade rifleman. He was then sent to aircraft repair school for nine months first at Fort Rucker, Alabama and later at Fort Eustice, Virginia, where he graduated second in his class.

Upon completion of his training just before Christmas, Wightman was sure he would be deployed to Vietnam. When orders came in, everyone whose last name began with a letter before “W” was sent to Vietnam. Wightman was sent to Panama, where he served for the next 18 months performing hundreds of missions in Latin America supporting U.S. drug war goals and covert operations as an aircraft repairman and flying crew chief. After completing this tour, Wightman was reassigned to Presidio, California where he completed his three years of active duty service.

In 1977 to help pay for his medical science and then graduate education as a certified financial planner, he signed on to the NH National Guard as a combat medic in an artillery Brigade, transferring to the 323rd Medical Lab, Army Reserve in 1979. There, he served as a Medical Technologist, troop trainer, and later transferred to be a Lab Supervisor at the 373rd army general hospital in Boston. For his excellence in training Desert Storm troops in combat and survival skills in nuclear, biological and chemical warfare environments he received the Army Commendation Medal and an Army Achievement medal. Wightman’s troop training and his actions as a medic saved American lives and built confidence in our war fighters. He served in Europe, Central and South America and the U.S.A. He retired from the Army Reserve Forces as a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer in 2007.

Wightman is an involved Veteran and served as the Veterans Service Officer and Trustee for the Lexington Chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars. His love of flying never left him. He has built and flies the world’s fastest single-engine amphibious airplane – unofficially breaking the world speed record for this category in 2014 and 2016. Beyond flying, his passion is writing and publishing books and blogs about personal finance issues and solutions. He also served as a Philanthropy Director and business adviser for Hanscom Federal Credit Union, HFCU. Wightman sees himself as fortunate. “I am a very lucky man. Lucky to serve our nation through three decades and two major wars, lucky to meet great people, lucky to learn incredible things, lucky to be able to take things from concept to reality, lucky to have trained and led soldiers, lucky to be married to a wonderful lady, lucky to be healthy, lucky to have two terrific grandsons, lucky to run the Military Marathon Relay and most of all, lucky to be alive to enjoy it all!”

Having called Newton home in his early life and now living in Bedford, running the Boston Marathon will represent the dream he had shared with his older brother since he was 17, whom he will run in honor of on Patriots’ Day. “Now I’ll finish a long-delayed dream, thanks to the B.A.A. and my fellow veterans - with my age somehow reversed while I wasn’t paying attention.

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Steve Wightman

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