Combat Ready

Major Steven Fixler served in the military for 25 years as a tanker. His vast service included tours in Germany, in which he witnessed the Berlin Wall come down, and time in Iraq where he battled through sandstorms and harsh conditions to prevail in combat.

Meet the Veteran

Steven Fixler was born in 1960 and grew up north of Chicago. He has a younger sister, and went to New Trier for high school. After joining the military, he knew he wanted to be a tanker and a teacher to others. At first he trained, then helped train others. His tanking took him to Germany twice, once with the Berlin wall, and once without the Berlin wall. There, he patrolled borders and prepared for a future attack. Then Major Fixler was forced to become accustomed to the harsh conditions in Iraq. There, he fought with tanks, and accomplished his mission. Guiding and helping tank commanders and coordinating maintenance soldiers was part of his day to day routine, and he did it well. After his 25 years of service, Steven Fixler was awarded with multiple medals and honors, and is an unspoken hero to our country.

Student-created art exhibit highlighting veteran stories

Seventh grade students at Carleton W. Washburne Middle School in Winnetka turned oral histories into works of art. Forty-five students worked in groups of 4 to research and interview 11 veterans, most of whom are Cantigny Park staff members or volunteers. The art in this exhibit is inspired by these interviews.

First Division Museum Program and Exhibit staff worked with students to turn their projects into a museum exhibit with a theme, labels, title, and a gallery guide. It is currently online until we can welcome visitors back to the First Division Museum to see it in person.