Burgoyne trains in Ecuador
Army Maj. Michael L. Burgoyne participated in a military training exercise in mounted operations in Ecuador, South America.
The weeklong exercise was conducted by the U.S. Military Group Ecuador, the military force under the command of Ecuadorian Army officers during patrol maneuvers in Humvees and armored vehicles against an opposition force provided by the Ecuadorian Special Forces. Ecuadorian officers and soldiers received instruction on the fundamentals and mounted reconnaissance, security and patrolling operations. They learned and practiced critical crew drills, mission planning, recovery operations and actions on contact.
Burgoyne is a foreign area officer assigned to the U.S. Army South at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas. The major has served in the military for 11 years.
He is the son of David Burgoyne of Ahwatukee Foothills. He graduated in 1995 from Scottsdale Chaparral High School and received a bachelor's degree in 1999 from the University of Arizona.
Charbonneau completes basic training
Air Force Airman Mark A. Charbonneau has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
He is the son of Debra Kinney of Ahwatukee Foothills and is a 2010 graduate of Mountain Pointe High School.
Golfers, hole sponsors needed for VFW golf tournament
The Tempe Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3632 is hosting its almost 10th Annual Frank Gorman Memorial Golf Classic starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Apache Wells Golf Club in Mesa.
Golfers and hole sponsors are needed for the event. Prize money will be earned on the course, and every golfer will receive a prize along with lunch at the Tempe American Legion Post.
Hole sponsorships are available for $100 and $500. Cash donations will also be gladly accepted. The Tempe Veterans of Foreign Wars is a 501(c) organization, so donations are tax deductible.
Proceeds will help the VFW fulfill goals of supporting yearly programs such as Homeless Veterans Support, Elementary & High School Voice of Democracy Scholarships, Military Family Assistance and the VA Hospital Fund.
For more information and a registration form, call "Ski" Kuczynski at (480) 838-4289 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marine Corps Ball salutes heroes
Hundreds of Marines and their guests from the local area will stand at attention and salute their comrades who have either just returned from battle or who are shipping out to Iraq and Afghanistan during the annual United States Marine Corps Birthday Ball, starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Oakwood Country Club at 24218 S. Oakwood Boulevard in Sun Lakes.
This is the 235th celebration of the USMC Birthday, dating back to the founding of the Marine Corps in 1775, and the evening will be filled with tradition and patriotism.
Rick Romley, a Vietnam hero and acting Maricopa County attorney, is the guest speaker. Music will be provided by the 108th U.S. Army Band, and guests will be piped aboard by members of the Tempe Police Pipe Band and greeted by a uniformed bulldog mascot. The ceremony will be highlighted by a tribute to the missing and fallen, USMC Commandant's message, presentation of the colors by the Casa Grande High School Marine ROTC Cadets, as well as dining and dancing. Guests will see a field of dress uniforms festooned with medals, tuxedoes and evening gowns.
This year, attendance is by a suggested donation of $45 a person. Guests are urged to add to their donation which will help cover the cost of bringing in so many active duty Marines to the Ball. A donation of $450 would cover a table of 10 Marines. In the past, sponsors have come forward to cover major costs, such as transportation for Marines unable to drive. Sponsors' names will be prominently exhibited at the tables, as well as in the official program.
For further information, call (480) 883-9393, (480) 250-0984 or visit www.eastvalleymarines.org.
Groups help military families
Over the last five years, 1.6 million military service members have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. CAMP HOPE is a new fundraising campaign by Easter Seals and Epsilon Sigma Alpha International to provide camping opportunities for children of military families. A $600 contribution to CAMP HOPE will provide a week-long camping experience for these kids, allowing them to be kids again and also the opportunity to share their experiences with children of other service members. Any and all donations will provide services to support families learning to live with a service member facing newly acquired disabilities.
More information and CAMP HOPE support forms are available at www.esaintl.com/iccouncil/files/CampHope.pdf. Help say a much deserved "Thank You" to some of our youngest heroes.
Help for wounded Marines
Master Sergeant Steve Soha heads up the Wounded Warrior Regiment that includes Arizona and West Texas to help wounded and injured Marines after they return home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sgt. Soha is an active member of the East Valley Marines which meets the second Tuesday of the month in Sun Lakes. To learn more, www.eastvalleymarines.org or call Richard Hippner at (480) 883-9393.
TShirts 4 Soldiers helps people connect
The Home Sweet Home Campaign's new program, TShirts 4 Soldiers, is helping people connect with their deployed loved ones. This unique and fun way to send a piece of your heart and home to a service member you love is making a big splash in the military world. Spouses, children, mothers and more are designing one-of-a-kind T-shirts and having them shipped directly to their loved one. In turn, service members are sending T-shirts they have designed back home to their family and friends.
For every T-shirt sold, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to USA Cares Warrior Treatment Today Program, which seeks to remove the financial barrier that prohibits veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or Traumatic Brain Injuries from receiving the treatment they need.
USS Columbus Veterans Association
Any Navy and Marine Corps shipmates who served on the USS Columbus CA-74/CG-12 from 1944 through 1976 and the USS Columbus (SSN-762) past and present that are interested in sharing memories and camaraderie with old friends and make new ones are invited to contact Allen R. Hope at email@example.com.
A reunion is being planned for Oct. 2 at the Best Western Albany Airport Inn. For details, contact Hope at the above e-mail address.
Cell Phones for Soldiers, Great Choice Chiropractic collection drive
As a United States Veteran, Dr. Greg Hauser knows the importance and the joy of being able to call home when deployed. More than 150,000 troops are serving overseas and are away from their families. Cell Phones for Soldiers and Great Choice Chiropractic are calling on all Americans to support these brave men and women by donating unused cell phones. The cell phones are recycled for cash, and the proceeds are used to buy prepaid calling cards for soldiers serving in the Middle East. Cell Phones for Soldiers hopes to collect more than 50,000 cell phones this year to help keep troops connected with their families.
Phones may be donated at Great Choice Chiropractic, 15810 S. 45th St., Suite 160. Phones do not have to be in working order, and the drive is ongoing.
For more information, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.
AZGOP offers informational booklet for veterans
The Arizona Republican Party has released a new Veterans Assistance Booklet that was developed in response to questions from many Arizona veterans. With this booklet, the AZGOP seeks to provide answers for common questions or indicate the appropriate state or federal agency that can provide assistance.
Veterans may download the booklet at www.azgop.org or request one by mail by calling (602) 957-7770.
Arizona museums open doors to military families this summer
Seven Arizona museums will offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2010, according to an announcement by the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Blue Star Families, a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services.
The Blue Star Museum initiative involves over 600 museums throughout the country which have agreed to offer free admission to members of the military and their families.
In Arizona, the museums are the Heard Museum in Phoenix (www.heard.org/), Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix (www.phxart.org/), Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Scottsdale (www.smoca.org/), Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff (www.musnaz.org/), Arizona State Museum in Tucson (www.statemuseum.arizona.edu/), the Mini Time Machine Museum in Tucson (www.theminitimemachine.org/) and Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg (www.westernmuseum.org/).
For more information about the Blue Star Museum initiative and the partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, visit www.arts.gov/national/bluestarmuseums/index.php.
Ahwatukee American Legion Post 64 and Veterans Club
The Ahwatukee American Legion Post 64 and Veterans Club meet at 3 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month (except July and August) at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center, 5001 E. Cheyenne Drive.
For more information, contact Rod Green at (480) 496-6169.