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.
Medal of Honor Recipient to be Buried Next to His Mother in Glendale
A member of the Marine Corps League presenting Lance Corporal Jose Francisco Jimenez remains for burial next to his mother
in Glendale.
Lance Corporal Jose Francisco Jimenez, United States Marine Corps, was a Mexican National who fought for the United States in the Vietnam War.  He was born in Mexico City on March 20, 1946 and was killed in action in Vietnam on August 28, 1969.   Jimenez was raised in Arizona.  He received the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously.  Upon his death, he was buried in Mexico City.  Recently his sister worked with the government to have his remains recovered from Mexico to have him interred next to his mother at Glendale Memorial Park.
Arizona Heroes Honored at the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor
Chris Spicer with other Arizona Dignitaries present the Glendale flag aboard the U.S.S. Missouri
World War II veterans, members of the military, first responders and government leaders went on a journey of a lifetime to Honolulu, Hawaii to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bombing at Pearl Harbor.  Arizona Governor Doug Ducey was among the state leaders who took part in the ceremonies to pay tribute to our WW II heroes during the first week of December, 2016.

A Legacy of Valor combined forces with The World Memorial and The Hispanic Medal of Honor Society to fulfill the mission of the Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Project.  Leaders from these organizations hosted a special ceremony on the U.S.S. Missouri.  104 year old Ray Chavez, the oldest living Pearl Harbor survivor, was among those honored.  Sylvestre S. Herrera, Jr., the son of Sylvestre S. Herrera, Sr. who was Arizona's first WW II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, joined Mr. Chavez in a historic flag raising ceremony as the historic stars and stripes of the U.S.S. Missouri was raised aboard the ship for the first time in 30 years.  Also making the trip was Christopher Spicer, U.S. Air Force, Assistant to the Director of the Hispanic Medal of Honor Society, Advocate for Veterans Services at Glendale Community College and member of the Glendale Chamber's Military & Veterans Affairs Committee.  Brought the City of Glendale flag aboard the U.S.S. Missouri for the ceremony.


Glendale, Arizona and the U.S.S. Arizona
U.S.S. Arizona memorial in Glendale, AZ
On the lawn at the Glendale Main Library at 59th Avenue and W. Brown Street stands a bronze colored obelisk, surrounded by five welded steel trees.  A mermaid, flanked by saguaro cactuses, adorns one side of the obelisk.  On another are scraps of jagged metal and series of steel rings.  And on a third is an inscription, "On Sunday, December 7, 1941, the first wave of Japanese military aircraft attacked Pearl Harbor at 7:55am...."

The installation is a memorial to the U.S.S. Arizona and its fate as the infamous enemy ambush catapulted the United States into World War II.  The mermaid represents a silver tea service presented to the ship's captain by the State of Arizona in 1916.  The shards of metal had once formed a potato locker in the ship's galley.  The steel rings were taken from the flagpole on a memorial erected over the ship's wreckage at Pearl Harbor.
One hundred years after it steamed out of the Navy shipyard in Brooklyn, N.Y. and 75 years after Japanese bombers blew it apart, the U.S.S. Arizona lives on in the state that gave it its name.


The Armory, A Startup By and For Veterans

Photo by Kaila White/The Republic

Phoenix is now home to one of the few startup incubators founded by and created for veterans in the country.

U.S. Air Force veteran Phil Potter founded The Armory incubator this spring and has been working with veteran-owned startups ever since.

The incubator officially opened its doors Monday at the Arizona Center in downtown Phoenix. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton spoke at the opening in the first-floor office, which is spacious and flooded with light from a wall of windows.

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36th Annual Soldiers Best Friend Golf Tournament... A Success

George Thorne, Arky Muscato, Harry Shapiro and Pat Sells
The new Grand Canyon University Golf Course was the site of the Soldier's Best Friend 6th Annual Golf Tournament in early December.  The organization raised over $20,000 for their program.  Harry Shapiro, George Thorne, Arky Muscato and Pat Sells represented the Glendale Chamber in the tournament.

Soldier's Best Friend provides U.S. military veterans living with combat related Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with service or therapeutic companion dogs.  Many of the dogs are rescued from local shelters.  The veteran and dog train together to build a trusting relationship that saves two lives at once and inspires countless others.


36th Annual Luke Shoot Out
Foursome Bob Cohn, Tom Cook  - retired Sgt. U.S. Air Force, Harry Shapiro, and George Thorne  - retired Sgt. Maj. of U.S. Army at the 34th Annual Luke Shoot Out
The Annual Luke Shoot Out Golf Tournament is one of the longest continuously run military golf tournaments in the area.  It began in 1981 as a relationship building effort between the Glendale Chamber of Commerce and Luke Air Force Base.  Chamber members Bill Kelleher, Jim Herman, Ed LeGendre, Wendell DeCross and chamber executive Bob Beckley were the originators of the event.  Bill Kelleher is still involved with the Luke Shoot Out today.

Villa de Paz Golf Course in Phoenix was the site of the first four tournaments.  The committee decided to increase the value and quality of the golf tournament and moved the event to the Wigwam Resort.  It was held there for 15 successful years.  Like Air Force Base opened its own golf course in 1998 covering an old landfill on W. Northern Avenue and N. Reems Road just north of the base.  Falcon Dunes Golf Course became the home of the Luke Shoot Out in 2000 and it has been at that location ever since.

Today, a portion of the proceeds from the Luke Shoot Out benefit "Operation Warm Heart" at Luke Air Force Base. This is a great way to say thank you to enlisted personnel who are devoted to serving.

The 36th Annual Luke Shoot Out Golf Tournament sponsored by Lerner & Rowe, will be held Friday, April 7, 2017 at Falcon Dunes Golf Course, 15100 W. Northern Avenue with check in beginning at 6:30am and a shotgun start at 7:30am.  Featured at the tournament is a putting contest with a guaranteed cash winner plus Hole in One and Closest to the Pin contests on all par threes.  One of the Hole in One prizes is a new 2017 vehicle.  There is also a Challenge Hole where you can double your wager if your ball stops inside a large circle on the green.  Many raffle items will be available and mulligans through the purchase of raffle tickets at the tournament.  For information, early registration, sponsorships, advertising and item donations for the Luke Shoot Out, please call the Glendale Chamber of Commerce at 623-937-4754.


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.