Veteran Showcase: Don Stephens keeps bees

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Veteran Don Stephens served in the U.S. Navy as an underwater mine man. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo
Don Stephens is Anza’s local bee expert, always available to lend a hand with errant swarms and misbehaving hives. He processes honey and beeswax for sale and helps locals establish their own bee boxes. Not many residents realize he is also a U.S. Navy veteran, having served from 1977 to 1983, attaining the rank of third class petty officer. Stephens was trained as a mine man, performing his duties at sea aboard minesweeper ships, assisting in the detection and neutralization of underwater explosive devices. Mine men are technicians who test, put together and maintain mines – a very dangerous job. They test the electronic components to ensure correct repair and make sure that the device works properly. They're also responsible for safe storage, handling and the loading of mines f
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