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.
  
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 
Veterans Day Celebration
Previous Veterans Day Celebration
The Glendale Chamber of Commerce Military & Veterans Affairs Committee has taken over the Annual Veterans Day Celebration on November 11th.  The annual event will be held at the Glendale Main Library at N. 59th Avenue and W. Brown Street, just north of Saguaro Ranch Park in Glendale.  Festivities will begin at 9:00 am with the presentation of colors in the library auditorium.  There will be introductions of dignitaries in the audience followed by featured speakers.  Then all will be directed outside to the Veterans Memorial Tree where a flag raising ceremony will be held and the release of balloons with names of veterans attached.  Refreshments will be served.  Everyone is invited to attend this free event to honor our Veterans.
Two Members Attend Air Force Association National Conference
Arizona Delegation members to the Air Force Association National Conference.. Ed Logan, Luke; Stu Carter, Tucson; Tyler Worley, Prescott; Gene Santarelli, Tucson; Harry Bailey, Luke; George Castle, Sierra Vista; and Ross Lampert, Sierra Vista.
Harry Bailey and Ed Logan, members of the Military & Veterans Affairs Committee, recently attended the Air Force Association National Conference near Washington D.C. representing the AFA Luke Chapter.  The event was called the Air Force Association 2016 Air, Space and Cyber Conference.  Logan said the highlight of the conference was a contest to name the new Air Force B-21 Bomber.  The winning name was the "Raider" named for General Jimmy Doolittle's bomber used on the famous raid on Tokyo in 1942.  Doolittle's former co-pilot, who was in the audience, received a rousing ovation.

The AFA mission is to educate the public about the critical role of aerospace power in the defense of our nation; advocate aerospace power and a strong national defense; and support the United States Air Force, the Air Force family and aerospace education.

Hospice Promise Looking for Veteran Volunteers
Glendale Chamber member, Hospice Promise, is looking for kind and caring Veterans who would be interested in sharing their time and military experience with terminally ill fellow Veterans.  It is important to have common life experiences to build trust and allow the healing to begin.  Veterans share a common language and code of ethics.  For more information, contact Patti Bulvin, Volunteer Coordinator, 623-209-7003 or at patti@hospicepromise.com.
Ice Breaker Honoring Lt. Gen. Darryl L. Roberson at Luke Air Force Base
Sgt. Jeff Turney, Lt. Gen. Darryl L. Roberson, Mayor Georgia Lord of Goodyear and Mayor Jerry Weiers of Glendale
Lt. Gen. Darryl L. Roberson is the Commander of the Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base at the Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He is responsible for the recruiting, training and education of Air Force personnel. His command includes the Air Force Recruiting Service, two numbered air forces and Air University. The command operates nearly 1,370 trainer, fighter and mobility aircraft, 23 wings, 12 bases, and five geographically separated groups. It trains more than 293,000 students per year with approximately 62,000 active-duty, Reserve, Guard, civilian and contractor personnel.

36th Annual Luke Shoot Out - SAVE THE DATE
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 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!
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.