FCP Invited to Unveiling of the first Australian F-35

Posted on September 12, 2014 by Fighter Country

Aus F35 Rollout Ceremony Picture

FCP returned recently from a fantastic trip to Fort Worth to witness the unveiling of Australia’s first F-35. We were invited by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) whose first two F-35s coming off the Lockheed Martin production line will be delivered to Luke AFB. This is just another example of the multiple benefits that exist due to Luke AFB. RAAF will be training their initial F-35 pilots at Luke AFB which includes 15 RAAF families who will be joining the Luke AFB family. Additionally, each foreign F-35 brings 9 Lockheed Martin employees as well who will be active and around Luke AFB for a period of time.

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FCP’s Future: A Strong Path Forward

Posted on September 11, 2014 by Fighter Country

Exec. Director / President - Ron Sites

From the Desk of Fighter Country Partnership,

FCP’s main goal is to sustain the programs and services we have initiated over the past years. This goal hasn’t only been stressed by our Board of Directors; it is echoed loudly by the Senior Leadership at Luke AFB. We are proud of the expectations we have created, and within every new endeavor we approach, we will ensure it won’t negatively affect our current programs and services.

The programs and services FCP provides have become very standardized for all the right reasons. The programs are repetitive because we are consistently serving a new demographic due to the continuous turnover of families at Luke AFB. This is perfect from the base’s perspective, but at FCP, we don’t want to become complacent with our current menu of services.

As FCP maintains, we will now focus on growing Fighter Country Foundation (FCF). This has been a goal for many years, and we are now in a position to let FCP continue on its strong path and focus on FCF’s next mission supporting Luke AFB in a much larger way.

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Honorary Commander Feature: Glenn Williamson

Posted on September 3, 2014 by Fighter Country

Glenn Williamson

Mr. Williamson has more than 30 years of entrepreneurial and executive level experience, primarily in the financial and operational aspects of companies.

Specializing in accessing the Canadian capital markets for global investments, Mr. Williamson is Chairman of EPCOR Water USA, the largest private water utility in Arizona, a subsidiary of EPCOR Utilities, headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, with operations in Canada and the U.S.  Mr. Williamson is also CEO of Nest Ventures L.L.C. with offices in Montreal and Phoenix.

Mr. Williamson is the founder and CEO of the Canada Arizona Business Council, a private sector group sanctioned by the Canadian Government and the State of Arizona to work on increasing bilateral trade and foreign direct investment between Canada and Arizona. On February 10, 2014, Mr. Williamson was appointed Honorary Consul for Canada for Arizona.

He is also a “Visiting Speaker” at Thunderbird: The American Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix, Arizona. He was a founding board member of Arizona State University’s North American Center for Trans Border Studies, a member of the Deans Advisory Council in the School of Global Management & Leadership at Arizona State University, and a Board Member of the International Committee of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

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Honoring Dorothy Rowe

Posted on August 28, 2014 by Fighter Country

Dorothy RoweDorothy Rowe was a well-loved and admired civilian employee at Luke Air Force Base.  She has the distinction of being the longest-serving Federal civil servant in the Air Force.  She retired after serving 70 years for the Department of Defense–60 of which were at Luke Air Force Base with the 56th Comptroller Squadron as Chief of Financial Analysis.

Dorothy’s retirement ceremony in November 2013 drew hundreds in attendance from the City of Glendale Mayor, Jerry Weiers, to the present Under Secretary of the Air Force, Eric Fanning.

“To put her longevity into perspective, Fanning said, “Rowe had served under 13 presidents, seen Luke AFB transition between four major commands and worked for 40 wing commanders. She also blazed a trail for women in the financial management career field.

“The energy, passion and spirit that Dorothy brought to her job over the past 70 years will live on in the hundreds of Airmen she has impacted,” Fanning said.

Shortly after her retirement, Dorothy Rowe passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2014.

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FCP Visions Summer 2014 – Web Edition

Posted on June 24, 2014 by Fighter Country

FCP Visions Summer 2014FCP Visions Summer 2014 is now available as a digital download. This issue discusses the F-35′s vital role in Valley economy, includes an Honorary Commander feature for Mr. Ricky Lyons and much more.

In order to enjoy FCP Visions Summer 2014 Web Edition you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent application that will display the PDF file format. Click here to download FCP Visions Summer 2014 (you may need to right click and “save file as”).

This publication is made available with permission of Pueblo Publishers, Inc.

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Honorary Commander Feature: Mr. Ricky Lyons

Posted on May 30, 2014 by Fighter Country

Ricky Lyons, Champion

Fighter Country Partnership is proud to feature Ricky Lyons, Conductor and Enthusiast, Champion. He is an alumni member of the Honorary Commander Program, and a Blue Blazer of Fighter Country Partnership’s Blue Blazer Squadron.

In 1999, Ricky commenced operations of Champion as a real estate development firm located and operating from Scottsdale, Arizona. He capitalized this new entity with a group of partners and a team who brought differing experiences to Champion, enhancing all of its experiences.

Ricky started his career practicing law with Witten Law Firm in Edmonton, Alberta from 1969 to 1983. As a senior partner, he represented Canada’s premier real estate developers, initiating and completing significant real estate transactions throughout western Canada. Projects included acquisition, entitlement, major tenant leasing, financing and (in some cases) sale of the projects. In 1983, Ricky and his family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona. Prior to the formation of Champion, he developed several other projects in the Phoenix market.

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AZ Humane Society & Petsmart’s Military Pet Foster Program

Posted on March 27, 2014 by Fighter Country

Military Pet Foster Program

The Arizona Humane Society (AHS) and PetSmart®, Inc. are pleased to announce the expansion of their Project Active Duty program. Project Active Duty, an AHS’ Alternative Placement program, provides temporary foster care for pets of active military personnel throughout their deployment.

As the presenting sponsor of Project Active Duty, PetSmart has dedicated $30,000 over two years to the program. The partnership will raise awareness of the program while also dedicating the necessary resources needed to recruit foster families and increase the number of foster homes available for Project Active Duty pets and the thousands of ill or injured pets who may need temporary shelter beyond what their facilities can provide.

The Arizona Humane Society will host a special launch event and foster orientation on Sunday, April 6 from 1 – 3 p.m. at Avondale’s Council Chambers located at 11465 West Civic Center Dr. Avondale, AZ 85323. The event will feature a special program including light snacks, current Project Active Duty pets and resilient AHS pets recovering and available for foster care. For those interested in attending the April 6 foster orientation, they can sign up here.

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In case you missed the F-35 unveiling ceremony

Posted on March 24, 2014 by Fighter Country

On Friday, March 14, the first F-35 Lightning II assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing was officially delivered during a ceremony at Luke Air Force Base (AFB) in Glendale, Ariz.  In case you missed this historical event, below is the video that was played during the ceremony. Enjoy!

Video courtesy of Lockheed Martin.

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How you can support our military families

Posted on March 24, 2014 by Fighter Country

Ron Sites, Executive Director FCP

This is usually the opportunity I take to educate our partners, supporters and community about the great programs, services and unique experiences we have brought to the airmen and their families at Luke AFB.  But this time, I will not explain the Financial Saves Expo, Fiesta Bowl Parade, 56th Fighter Wing Annual Awards Dinner, Luke AFB Spouses Dining-In Event or the 2nd Annual Dorm Dweller Holiday Party and their respective successful outcomes.

What I will do is explain once again “how we make these amazing things happen”.  It is because of the great financial support we receive from the Arizona community “and” our golf tournament, that we can afford to bring programs and services to Luke families that enhance their quality of life.

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Recap Video of F-35 Unveiling Ceremony at Luke AFB

Posted on March 24, 2014 by Fighter Country

Welcoming the first F-35 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., on March 14, 2014.

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