As a way to show our support for active military and our veterans, the Glendale Chamber of Commerce formed a Military & Veterans Affairs Committee. We plan to share our efforts with the community through a monthly communication.
36th Annual Luke Shoot Out Was Sold Out! Ready for 2018!
Mayor Jerry Weiers and Glendale Chamber Chair of the Board Jean Higginbotham at the 36th Annual Luke Shoot-Out
The weather was perfect, sunny with temperatures topping out in the upper 80's.  All of the golfers, sponsors and volunteers enjoyed a "Chamber of Commerce" day at Falcon Dunes Golf Course located just north of Luke Air Force Base.  There were many on course contests to add to the fun including hole in one and closest to the pin prizes and on all par threes; proximity challenge hole; rubber duckie drive hole; air gun golf ball shot from Putts4Privilege; two Dixon golf contests and a Putting Contest.  More than 25 great prizes were given away in the raffle.  The tournament was capped off by lunch, awards and prizes.  A portion of the proceeds benefit the Commander's Project, "Operation Warmheart".

Special thanks to the Presenting Sponsor, Lerner & Rowe; Supporting Sponsor, PGA Superstore; Hole in One Sponsor, Sanderson Ford; and all of the hole sponsors, goodie bag and raffle prize donors and the volunteers.



Mark your calendars for the 37th Luke Shoot Out Golf Tournament at Falcon Dunes schedule for April 6, 2018.
18th Annual Luke Chapter Air Force Association 
Golf Tournament May 12th
The Frank Luke Chapter of the Air Force Association will hold their 18th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament on Friday, May 12th at Falcon Dunes Golf Course, 15100 W. Northern Avenue, just north of the Air Force Base.   Registration begins at 6:30am with a 7:30am shotgun start.  The cost for active military personnel is only $45 per player.  For all retired and civilian players, it is $65 each.  It includes a four person scramble, range balls, door prizes and an awards luncheon.  There is also a $5,000 hole in one cash prize.
The Air Force Association is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education organization directly supporting the U.S. Air Force.  Proceeds will be shared with the Air Force Association's Wounded Airman Program.
To register or for more information, please call Harry Bailey, 623-846-7483 or 
Ed Logan, 623-937-6633.
Newly Expanded Veterans Services Center Opens at 
Glendale Community College
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony pictured_ GCC Interim Vice President of Student Affairs_ Monica Castaneda_ GCC Interim President_ Teresa Leyva Ruiz_ Maricopa Community College District Chancellor_ Maria Harper-Marinick_ MCCD Governing Board President_ Alfredo Gutierrez_ Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers_ MCCD Governing Board Member_ Jean McGrath. Back row_ MCCD Governing Board Members_ Johanna Have_ Dana Saar and Dr. Linda Thor
The Veterans Services Center at Glendale Community College recently held a Grand Opening Celebration of the newly expanded facility on the campus.  The center provides individual enrollment and referral services to help veterans meet their educational and career goals.  They are committed to provide uncompromising service for students and veterans by adhering to the highest standards of compassion, commitment, excellence, professionalism, integrity, accountability and stewardship.  The Military Transition Guide lists the GCC Veterans Center as the 8th best military friendly facility.
The Glendale Chamber of Commerce Military & Veterans Affairs Committee  Honor High School Seniors Joining  the Military
Coin to be received by seniors
Nearly 150 high school seniors in the Glendale area who have chosen to enter military service will be honored at the first annual group induction ceremony on April 28th at the Calvary Community Church, 6060 W. Bell Road.  The seniors will receive a stole depicting their branch of service and a special challenge coin featuring the five major branches of service on one side and the American Flag with the logos of the City of Glendale and the Glendale Chamber of Commerce on the other side.  Look for the story and photos from the event in the next newsletter.


Luke Air Show Scheduled for March 9-11, 2018
Photo taken at previous air show
Luke Air Force Base and community organizations are partnering for the 2018 Air Show at Luke Air Force Base to produce an event of high mutual benefit characterized by safety, strong economic benefit and a high quality experience for everyone.  The Air Force Community Partnership Program, also known as P4, includes Luke Air Force Base, Fighter Country Partnership and west valley partners including the Glendale Chamber of Commerce Military Veterans Affairs Committee.  There will be updates on the program at monthly meetings.  The leaders of the event include the LAFB P4 Program Manager, Valerie Berube; Air Show Director, Lt. Col. Matthew Williams; Air Boss, Ralph Royce and Ground Boss, Maj. Benjamin Carlson.  The theme for the 2018 show is "The Future of Airpower".
Upcoming Events
Our Military & Veterans Affairs Committee members work hard to advocate for active and former Military. One way they do this is by holding various community events.

Click here for a list of upcoming events backed by some of our members!
  
Does your business honor our heroes with specials and discounts for active military 
and/or veterans? If so let us know! Email you company name and a discount description Jackie Peyton at info@glendaleazchamber.org 
Please contact Chair of the Military & Veterans Affairs Committee,
Sgt. Jeff Turney, through our Chamber liaison, Harry Shapiro, at 623-937-4754
if you would like to learn more or have any suggestions
on where we can be of assistance.