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Ron Sites, a longtime volunteer and coordinator of YMCA’s military partnerships, will replace Steve Yamamori as the executive director of Fighter Country Partnership, a support group for Luke Air Force Base.

The executive search team met with a number of candidates and selected Sites, the executive director of the Southwest Valley Regional YMCA. Sites will assume his new job on Sept. 11.

“Ron’s connections to the West Valley communities, his recent experience as an honorary commander at Luke and his volunteer efforts with Fighter Country make him an excellent choice for our organization at this time,” said Charley Freericks, the organization’s board chairman. “We are looking forward to a seamless transition as our organization is hard at work for Luke Air Force Base’s families and dedicated to the F-35 campaign for all of Arizona.”

Fighter Country is co-leading a statewide effort to land the F-35 jet at the Glendale military installation. The Air Force has picked Luke as a preferred site to train pilots on the next generation of jets but the final decision rests with results of an environmental-impact report.

Yamamori will leave the organization Aug. 31 and assume his new role as manager of Arizona Public Service’s community relations group.

From: The Arizona Republic

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