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Fighter Country Foundation Steps it up a notch

Posted on May 11, 2015 by Fighter Country

Exec. Director / President - Ron Sites

From the Desk of Fighter Country Partnership,

We are excited to unveil a new initiative within the operations of Fighter Country Foundation…the “FAAR Fund” (Facility Advancement And Relief Fund). As FCP and FCF continue forward with sustaining its important role of providing programs and services that are geared towards Health & Human Services, Culture & Tradition and Mission Sustainability, we will also add to the resume of supporting “facilities” on the base directly.

We recently got word from the Department of the Air Force that our request to “renovate Luke Fire House #1” has been approved, which has been an internal initiative for years in the making. This is an unprecedented….

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Another year sustaining our mission

Posted on December 18, 2014 by Fighter Country

Exec. Director / President - Ron Sites

From the Desk of Fighter Country Partnership,

During a recent “year in review” meeting I was asked what I was most proud of this year and I sat there silent. The more dumbfounding thing is that as I sat there in silence, I was literally saying to myself, “why are you not speaking, FCP has done more than ever.” My simple response was that it has been another great year and we have been able to sustain the success we have had over the past four years since I had the opportunity to lead FCP.

I was still frustrated with myself because I couldn’t immediately highlight some of the fantastic functions we were a part of. Luke Days Open House and Air Show, Mission Support Group’s Start Small – Save Big Finance Expo, expanding our Blue Blazer Squadron, building stronger relationships with FCP supporters, welcoming a new Wing Commander and 4 Group Commanders…..

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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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Cinderella & Prince Charming’s Closet – Supporting Culture & Tradition

Posted on August 9, 2013 by Fighter Country

Cinderella & Prince Charmings ClosetAt Fighter Country Partnership, one of our avenues for supporting Luke Air Force Base is through culture and tradition.  In keeping with tradition, Luke AFB will celebrate the Air Force’s 66th birthday during the 2013 Air Force Ball.  We will have the opportunity to honor airmen, veterans, and retirees who have served our great nation.  The event will also pay tribute to the local community for our support of the men, women, mission and families of Luke AFB.

FCP is collecting donations now for Luke AFB’s Sept. 14 Air Force Ball.  If you or anyone in your circle are able to make a donation, please contact Susan Lovelace at the FCP office.  For more information please download this flyer.

Cave Tonitrum!

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Hattie Larlham’s 2013 Autism Summer Camp in Arizona

Posted on August 7, 2013 by Fighter Country

Hattie Larlham Autism Summer Camp AZ 2013Fighter Country Partnership’s support for the men, women and families of Luke Air Force Base focuses in three areas: Health and Human Services–Culture and Tradition—Mission Sustainability. Under the health and human services, FCP helped to sponsor a summer camp for children with disabilities through the Hattie Larlham’s “Connect with Hattie’s Friends summer camp” for the second year in a row.

Hattie Larlham is a non-profit organization that provides services to more than 1,500 children and adults with developmental disabilities. In 2011, the organization celebrated its 50th anniversary. Named after its founder, Hattie Larlham, the organization is headquartered in Twinsburg, Ohio in Summit County. The summer camp is one of the largest recreation programs offered at Hattie Larlham.

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Enthusiastic Event for Luke’s Deployed Families

Posted on August 27, 2012 by Fighter Country

Deployed Families Event Nearly 100 family members whose loved ones are deployed had not one, but two wonderful nights out courtesy of Fighter Country Partnership.  The Luke AFB Chapel hosts monthly “Deployed Families Dinner” at the Chapel typically with assistance from various other units.

When approached by FCP about partnering with the Chapel and having the dinner at an off-base location was an absolutely thrilling opportunity that could not be passed over.  After a few planning meetings, the Chapel was fully engaged in the logistics and coordination to have family members out for a whole evening of fun and food.

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An Enjoyable Summer for the Camp Connect Program

Posted on August 23, 2012 by Fighter Country

Fighter Country Camp Connect ProgramIn the summer of 2012, Hattie Larlham was able to expand their growing Camp Connect camp program for children with autism to Goodyear, AZ.  The camp comes after a series of planning meetings between Hattie Larlham and many organizations and participants in the city of Goodyear, including the city fire and police departments, mayor’s office, the Avondale school district, and the Fighter Country Partnership, a non-profit organization that supports Luke Air Force Base.

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“How” does FCP support families at Luke AFB?

Posted on April 10, 2012 by rsites

Exec. Director / President - Ron Sites

From the Desk of Fighter Country Partnership,

It is very important that we explain how FCP supports the families at Luke AFB. The military doesn’t support individual families for many reasons. The most important reason is they can’t. Within the military, every individual and family must be treated the same. There are no biases, no favoritism and no special treatment due to circumstance. This is for the right reasons too. A perfect example of why FCP exists is to support the families of the fallen and injured at Luke AFB, because the base can’t.

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Regional Aviation Users Work Together To Coordinate Valley’s Airspace Needs

Posted on February 16, 2010 by Fighter Country

By Paul Blue Collaboration and communication are key organizational values at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. As owner and operator of two general aviation airports and a large commercial airport, the city of Phoenix Aviation Department recognizes that delivering world-class customer service to passengers and airport users can only be successful when the community is on our team. One critical stakeholder to our success is Luke Air Force Base. In any metropolitan area with significant aviation uses, it is important that those users work together. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has the sole and absolute discretion for where planes fly….

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Director – CMSGT (USAF Ret.) Edwin Blanchard

Posted on November 23, 2009 by Fighter Country

Former Senior Enlisted Advisor & Command Chief Master Sergeant Luke Air Force Base, AZ Military Service — US Air Force (31 yrs) Director Fighter Country Partnership since 1995 Occupation    — Area Sales Manager with: Capital Holdings Corp., Providian Corp., and Aegon USA, retired Education: Attended Ohio University, Athens Ohio where he received an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences, Aircraft and Aircraft Powerplant Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Memberships:  The America Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Non-Commissioned Officers Association, the Air Force Sergeants Association, and the Retired Enlisted Association. Family:  Wife, Darnell, one son,…

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