Posted on March 8, 2013 by Fighter Country
Fighter Country Partnership is proud to feature Darcie McCracken, an alumni member of the Honorary Commanders Program, for its newsletter. Darcie was assigned to the 63rd Fighter Squadron until the squadron deactivated and then the 309th Fighter Squadron from 2008 to 2010 at Luke Air Force Base.
Since July 2005, Darcie has been the Deputy City Clerk with the City of Glendale. She worked for the City of Glendale in various positions including the City Manager’s office, City Court, and the Glendale Police Department since 1989. Her education includes the Arizona State University Advanced Public Executive Program; a Master’s of Education in Leadership at Northern Arizona University; Bachelor of Science, Administration of Justice degree from Arizona State University West; and an Associates Degree in General Studies at Glendale Community College.
Posted on January 29, 2013 by trout
Joshua Abel, Honorary Command Chief, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base
Fighter Country Partnership is proud to feature Joshua Abel, an alumni member of the Honorary Commanders Program, for its newsletter. Joshua was assigned “Honorary Command Chief” to the 56th Fighter Wing Command Chief, Command Chief Master Sergeant Rory Wicks, at Luke Air Force Base. The Command Chief is responsible for the morale, welfare, training, management and professional growth of 5,000 enlisted personnel assigned to the Air Force’s largest fighter wing.
Joshua Abel founded Imaginary Trout in 2008, a technology and internet consulting company specializing in online marketing. The company also develops, manages and hosts a variety of websites and internet-enabled applications. Joshua brings over 13 years of internet technology experience to the forefront.
Posted on September 25, 2012 by Fighter Country
Each month, Fighter Country Partnership features an Honorary Commander – both alumni and current members. This month’s feature is on Rick Hearn, Director of Leasing, Vestar.
The Honorary Commanders Program is designed to promote a better understanding of the mission of the U.S. Air Force and specifically, Luke Air Force Base. It reaches out to business and community leaders to become personally involved by signing up for a two-year program assigned to a particular squadron or group at Luke. They become a member of that unit. In turn, they exchange experiences and opportunities allowing military members to learn about their community outside the gates of Luke AFB.
As the Director of Leasing and Designated Broker for Vestar, Rick; a 25-year veteran of the industry, is responsible for the leasing, marketing, and broker management of the company’s retail portfolios (development, operational, third party management) located throughout the southwestern U.S. (AZ, CA).
Posted on August 17, 2012 by Fighter Country
Congrats Mr. Bunting on your flight and well done with the video!!
Posted on August 16, 2012 by Fighter Country
This month’s Honorary Commander feature is on J. Bruce Lange, Managing Director, The Westin Kierland Resort, Spa & Villas.
J. Bruce Lange is one of the senior operating executives for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s largest owner/operators of hotels and resorts worldwide. As Managing Director of The Westin Kierland Resort, Spa & Villas, Scottsdale, Arizona, Mr. Lange is directly responsible for all aspects of what is Arizona’s second largest resort. The Westin Kierland Resort, Spa & Villas is a “mixed use” destination featuring 27 holes of golf, a 15,000 sq. ft. spa and over 1,000 traditional hotel rooms and timeshare / villa accommodations. Mr. Lange is directly responsible for revenues well in excess of $100 million and the nearly 1,000 associates with a payroll of $40 million.
Posted on May 17, 2012 by Fighter Country
Each month, Fighter Country Partnership features an Honorary Commander – both alumni and current members. This month’s feature is on Mr. James Moffett, President of Crescent Crown Distributing, L.L.C., which is one of the top ten largest beer distributors in the country with operations in Arizona and Southern Louisiana selling over 25 million cases annually employing more than 600 people across the Valley. They have three warehouses in the valley located in central Phoenix, Surprise and Mesa.
James “Bubba” Moffett was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has a business degree with the University of Texas and was on their football team–three-year letterman– from 1988-1990…
Posted on March 21, 2012 by Fighter Country
Each month, Fighter Country Partnership features an Honorary Commander – both alumni and current members. This month’s feature is on Mr. Gary Doolittle, Director of Fixed Operations for Midway Chevrolet. He is responsible for overseeing all day-to-day business operations for the Fixed Operations division, including managing, leading and working with 175 fellow employees.
Mr. Gary Doolittle has worked in the automotive business for 33 years. He started his management career at the age of 21, running the collision center for long-time Valley Chevy dealer, Ray Korte. Gary stuck with the GM brand throughout his career and has weathered the ups and downs of three decades in the automotive business, winning numerous awards along the way. For the past ten years, he has worked with the Van Tuyl Group at Midway Chevrolet in Phoenix.
Posted on February 10, 2012 by Fighter Country
This month, Fighter Country Partnership newsletter features Mr. Bruce Larson, Senior Vice President and Arizona Regional Manager for RBF Consulting, a company of Michael Baker Corporation (RBF). RBF is a nationwide engineering, planning, and surveying consulting firm. Mr. Larson was inducted into the Luke Air Force Base’s Honorary Commanders program in October 2008 assigned to the 56th Component Maintenance Squadron. Since his induction, Mr. Larson has strived to make a positive impact by staying active with the base and his squadron.
Background: Mr. Larson has over 24 years of engineering and design experience with numerous public and private sector projects throughout the Southwest. Under his current role of managing the RBF Phoenix and Tucson offices, Mr. Larson supervises and directs the development of engineering, planning and survey projects within Arizona.
Posted on January 5, 2012 by maryjo
This month, Fighter Country Partnership newsletter features Mr. David Haddad, president of Fumar Cigars, Inc. He was inducted into the Luke Air Force Base’s Honorary Commanders program in November 2010 assigned to the 309th Fighter Squadron–the “Wild Ducks.” He and his partner, Honorary Commander, Mr. James “Bubba” Moffett, owner, Crescent Crown Distributing, hit the ground running committing themselves to supporting programs that benefit military families not only at Luke Air Force Base but the military as a whole.
Posted on November 30, 2011 by Fighter Country
By John Genovese at the Arizona Republic Glendale Fire Chief Mark Burdick was named “Chief Fire Officer of the Year” by the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association. Burdick has served nearly three decades with the department, and has been chief since 2002. Burdick was presented the award at a recent City Council meeting by Larry Rooney, the immediate past president of the association, which organizes fire department leaders across the state. Association members nominate one of their peers each year to receive the honor. Burdick has championed several programs throughout his career in Glendale. In 2007, he helped launch the Glendale…
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