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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

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2 Thank You! The FCP golf classic worked under COVID-19 safety guidelines

21 Veterans Day Deals Restaurants honor service members with discounts this November

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26 Training Partnership Luke Air Force Base is strengthening its partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force

Up for the Challenge Officer candidate Steve Duhamel is put to the test

14 A Different Fight Peoria soldier serves on the front lines of the pandemic battle

34 Tickets for Veterans Nonprofit sets virtual event to continue mission

16 Made for Film Luke airman’s story is one for the silver screen

36 Making It Happen at GCC Dean Yeager goes from tank driver to honors student

19 Lest We Forget Airbase Arizona Museum in Northeast Mesa remembers the end of WWII

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rizona’s Steve Duhamel graduated from one of the most competitive programs in the Navy—officer candidate school. Now he’s commissioned as an ensign and joined the ranks of the Navy’s leadership. “When I first signed up, I knew I was signing up for a challenge, but I don’t think I realized how big of a challenge it was,” Duhamel says. “I’m glad that I had my peers and the ability to step up to that challenge. It’s been an incredible experience.” The 13-week course took place at Officer Training Command, Newport (OTCN) in Rhode Island, and is physically and mentally demanding. It is designed to develop civilians and fleet sailors into newly commissioned officers and instills in them the highest ideals of courage, commitment and honors for their service in the fleet as naval officers.

The grueling 13-week program also includes physical fitness training, which tests each candidate’s capabilities. (Photo courtesy U.S. Navy)

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Officer Steve Duhamel, then officer candidate, is a recruit from Arizona who recently participated in officer candidate school, an extremely competitive program that prepares recruits for the challenges of being a naval officer. (Photo courtesy U.S. Navy)

Annually, OTCN trains approximately 66% of all U.S. naval officers and commissions 45% of all line officers through four distinct programs, including OCS, Officer Development School, Naval Science Institute: Seaman to Admiral, and Limited Duty Officer/Chief Warrant Officer Academy. OCS is distinct from Navy Enlisted Boot Camp, which is also known as Recruit Training Command (RTC), and includes similar fundamental skills to those taught at RTC, such as seamanship, firefighting, watchstanding and more. OCS goes further with advanced navigation and officer development and teaches the core foundations of leadership, fitness, academics and profession of arms. In addition to physical fitness training, the OCS curriculum includes mental training

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through academic courses, military inspections and memorization of military knowledge. Areas that are studied at OCS include naval history, cyber warfare, applied leadership, engineering and weapons. The program has four phases of training, starting with the Indoctrination Phase (I), which tests each candidate’s physical capabilities during the first three weeks through the initial strength test (IST), drill, instilling military bearing and values, and placing emphasis on physical training, knowledge and uniform inspections and introduction to academics. The Officer Candidate Academic Phase (II) continues with academics and militarization events that instill discipline and build confiSEE DUHAMEL PAGE 11


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F E AT U R E DUHAMEL FROM PAGE 8 dence during the next five weeks. It is during this time that recruits are expected to continue improving their physical fitness to demonstrate their continued physical improvement. “During the first two phases, we were taught everything we need to know when we get up to the fleet,” Duhamel says. “They taught us all the basics and what they expect of a naval officer. Right now, we’re in the Applied Leadership Phase, where we get the opportunity to practice some of the leadership that we’ve learned.” During the Candidate Officer Applied Leadership Phase (III) in weeks 10 to 12, students are referred to as candidate officers; and the focus of this training phase is for candidates to display and apply the leadership attributes they have learned during the first two phases. It’s also an opportunity for candidate officers to set an example for other junior candidate classes. Approximately every three weeks a new class of candidates starts the OCS program, resulting in an overlap that allows for students in SEE DUHAMEL PAGE 12

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F E AT U R E DUHAMEL FROM PAGE 11 the last phase of training to supervise those in the first and second phases of training. In the final week, known as the Senior Candidate Officer Out-Processing Phase (IV), students are referred to as senior candidate officers; and the focus of the last phase of training is for candidates to complete any graduation requirements, participate in group mentorship sessions, and complete any outstanding academic requirements and final out-processing paperwork. “Seeing the growth in myself and all the people around me has been really interesting,” Duhamel says. “One of the biggest challenges was learning to work with everybody else. OCS brings together a lot of different people with different personalities, but the end goal is the same for all of us, so we have to figure things out together.” As a result of COVID-19, class sizes and arrival dates have been modified to minimize exposure to staff and students. While the requirements for OCS haven’t changed, there have been some changes to how things are done, including two weeks of isolation, wear-

ing masks throughout training, social distancing and thorough cleaning. “My class is a little smaller than normal due to COVID-19, so we’ve all become close,” Duhamel says. “While there have been some changes, it’s still a very valid and useful program. The command has done the best they can to maintain all the important aspects of the program.” Upon successful completion of OCS, each class has a graduation ceremony where friends and family are invited. Due to the pandemic, the ceremonies are being livestreamed instead so loved ones can tune in and still be a part of the celebration. After graduation, Duhamel plans to attend nuclear power school with the ultimate goal of becoming a submarine officer. “Right now, I’m looking at going to nuclear power school after I commission, where I will learn all the theoretical parts of nuclear power and actually practice on a prototype reactor,” says Duhamel, who graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University this year.

“From there, I’ll go to submarine school and be deployed on a submarine. OCS has been challenging in more ways than I could have expected, but overall, it’s been a really great learning experience and has prepared me for what I should expect when I get out of the fleet. Everything I’ve learned up to this point has reinforced my decision, and I couldn’t be happier.”

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“Working in this environment was an educational experience on the importance of adapting to overcome hardships,” she says. “It’s very overwhelming to work in an unknown environment, but the team you work with can make all the difference.” Raised in Long Island, New York, Fouts’ family relocated to Anthem in 2007 after her father retired from the New York City Police Department. It was his response efforts on September 11 that sparked her interest in the military. “My parents—Scott and Renee Peccia— raised us to appreciate community service and to respect others,” she says. “I went military, and my brother Anthony serves as a police officer, as does my husband, Brett.” Fouts graduated from Boulder Creek High School in Anthem and went on to earn her nursing degree from ASU in 2015, where she commissioned through the Reserve Officer

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magine discovering a once-in-a-lifetime chance to change your life forever. Taking that chance meant you had to leave your home, move to a new country and face a new adventure. This Luke Air Force Base airman’s story could be one for the big screen.

Staff Sgt. Oleksandr Kalinin, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman Leadership School instructor, exchanged his old memories for the idea of making new ones in a new place. “My story is almost like a movie,” Kalinin says. “Born and raised in Staff Sgt. Oleksandr Kalinin, 56th Force Support Squadron AirUkraine, I lived there unman Leadership School instructor, middle, his brother Vladimir Kalinin and his grandmother eat lunch in Vinnytsia, Ukraine. til I was close to 15 years At 15 years old, Kalinin and his family moved to the United old. The 2008 recession hit, my parents owned a busi- States in 2010 through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. The odds of being randomly selected are slim, with an averness which was struggling. So age of 13.3 million people submitting applications every year. my parents, out of desperation, (Photo courtesy Staff Sgt. Oleksandr Kalinin) started looking for ways out.” Kalinin’s parents discovered gratulations, you’re going to America!’” and applied for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Kalinin, his parents and his brother moved Staff Sgt. Oleksandr Kalinin, 56th Force Program, also known as the “green card lot- to Seattle in April 2010. They reconnected with Support Squadron Airman Leadership tery.” his dad’s old college friend, who helped them School instructor, holds a family heirTh rough the program, applicants of low-adsettle into a two-bedroom apartment. loom. Kalinin brought the amulet with mission countries—any country with fewer Soon Kalinin realized that the United States him from Ukraine when he moved to than 50,000 natives admitted to the United is a country filled with experiences he wasn’t the United States in 2010. The amulet is traditionally kept in a household and is States in the previous five years—are eligible to used to. He said one thing that amazed him thought to bring an abundant harvest, enter the lottery for a U.S. visa. However, ac- was that you could get free refills. good luck and keep spirits away. (U.S. Air cording to the American Immigration Coun“In Ukraine that’s not a thing,” Kalinin Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder) cil, the odds of being randomly selected are says. “If you want another one you have to slim, with an average of 13.3 million people purchase it.” submitting applications every year. Kalinin explained that after leaving the “About six or so months later, my parents re- world he knew, he was initially lonely because ceived a letter in the mail,” Kalinin says. “They he didn’t know anyone and felt isolated. Howsent it to my English tutor, and we sat there with ever, he is thankful for the openness and the him while he opened it. He briefly scanned it help he’s received thus far on his journey in the and said, ‘Con- United States. Before graduating high school, he decided to join the Air Force in 2014. “I joined the military because I didn’t know how to fill out a college application,” he jokes. “Actually, I wanted to fly, and my dad saw how much the service takes care of you, because he enlisted as internal troops in the Soviet army back in the ’80s. He said it was tough, so he kind of prepared me for it. It’s a good foundation.” Kalinin enlisted as a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning technician. He mentioned that HVAC technical training was challenging to learn because of all the materials the job encompasses, but he overcame it while making many lifelong friends. Staff Sgt. Oleksandr Kalinin, 56th Force Support Squadron Kalinin arrived at Luke AFB in October Airman Leadership School instructor, right, his brother Vladimir 2014. He attended Airman Leadership School Kalinin and father are from Vinnytsia, Ukraine. Kalinin and his in March 2019 without knowing he’d later be family moved to the Seattle in 2010 from Ukraine, and Kalinin joined the Air Force in 2014 after graduating high school. Kalinin an instructor. is working on his bachelor’s degree in management and plans Kalinin says the five weeks students spend at to apply for the Air Force Officer Training School and become a ALS is a little snapshot of what leadership looks pilot. (Photo courtesy Staff Sgt. Oleksandr Kalinin) like in action. Students are presented with sitNOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 |

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Staff Sgt. Oleksandr Kalinin, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman Leadership School instructor, holds his United States Certificate of Citizenship at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. Kalinin earned his citizenship during technical training. Kalinin and his family moved to Seattle in 2010 from Ukraine, and Kalinin joined the U.S. Air Force in 2014 after graduating high school. (Photo courtesy Staff Sgt. Oleksandr Kalinin)

uations where they’re forced to adapt to build their leadership skills. He also encourages them to return to their unit and change the Air Force from within it or, if they choose to get out, use the skillsets learned to change the world from outside the military. Eight months later, he became an ALS instructor himself and now teaches airmen the skillsets and criteria needed to become noncommissioned officers.

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Staff Sgt. Oleksandr Kalinin, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman Leadership School instructor, teaches an ALS class at Luke Air Force Base. Kalinin became an ALS instructor in November 2019 and teaches airmen the skillsets and criteria needed to become noncommissioned officers. The course puts students into situations where they’re forced to adapt in order to build their leadership skills. (Photo courtesy Staff Sgt. Oleksandr Kalinin)

“He told me before he came to ALS he was planning on just getting out of the military after his time was up,” says Master Sgt. Bradford Doyon, 56th FSS ALS commandant. “ALS made such a big impression on him that he wanted to be part of the team and give back what he received. When he was being evaluated during the selection process, you’d never know he was teaching his first class—you’d think he’d been doing it for a year or two already.” As an extrovert, Kalinin says he loves working with people and emphasizes the fact that experiences can’t be bought. “My first class was graduating at Club 5/6, and all my students were looking sharp,” Kalinin says. “I just remembered how they walked up to me and thanked me. I stood there and thought, ‘In no other point of time can I buy this. This is real.’” Apart from being an ALS instructor, Kalinin is working on his bachelor’s degree in management and plans to complete it within the next year. Once achieved, he is going to apply for the Air Force Officer Training School program. “When I came in, I wanted to fly jets, but it took another five years for it to sink in and think how much I really want to fly,” Kalinin says. “Now I’m taking steps. I see the progress, and this progress fuels further progress.” Kalinin says he has embraced all the opportunities the Air Force has given him, such as the chance to go to school and buy a house, and suggests others do the same. Kalinin earned his U.S. Certificate of Citizenship August 21, 2014, while in technical training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. “Overall, the military tells you how to succeed, which tells me the people that don’t succeed are actively refusing to succeed” Kalinin says. “If you’re here to do something, put your mind to it and do it the best you can. Don’t be afraid to ask if you need help. People are always willing to help.” Kalinin returned to Ukraine in 2019 to visit family, a trip that brought back memories but reminded him that his home is in the States. He says he plans to stay in the military but would also like to be a movie actor one day. “It suits me,” Kalinin says. “It’s easy to get along with people, to do the mission. It’s a wonderful joy ride. I can see myself serving for 20 years, unless I get picked up for a new Hollywood blockbuster.”


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When the Airbase Arizona Museum’s planes aren’t flying, visitors can get right up close to them, even step aboard the B-17, pictured, and C-47. (Photo courtesy Airbase

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his year will likely be remembered by things that didn’t happen. Family gatherings, concerts, sports events, charity programs and countless others have been lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. One entire category of events lost this year was celebrations planned for the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. Celebrations might have brought at least a moment of healing and pride to a nation shattered by political and social upheaval. The lives lost worldwide to COVID-19 are tragic, of course. But America alone lost nearly half a million of the 16 million men and women in uniform in WWII and another nearly 800,000 others were injured, many catastrophically. Even those awful numbers pale in comparison to the 60 to 80 million lives lost world-

wide. The simple fact is none of us would be alive today nor would we have enjoyed the lives we have lived in the country we love had the allies in WWII lost to the treachery and tyranny they faced. The Airbase Arizona Museum strives daily to be sure the stories of the Greatest Generation and veterans since then are never forgotten. Hundreds of documented artifacts, from dog tags to our iconic B-17 bomber tell the stories of indominable courage, valor and achievements of those who have fought to keep us free. Our B-17, B-25, C-47 and several other planes in our collection are still flying and taking passengers for rides thanks to the countless volunteer hours of those who care for them. When the museum’s planes aren’t flying, visitors can get right up close to them, even step aboard the B-17 and C-47.

Visitors can also examine the astounding achievements of the Greatest Generation and those since in the vast array of aircraft, engines, clothing, machines and other elements produced by American workers who became known in WWII as the Arsenal of Democracy. Videos and speaker programs tell other stories of Americans who answered the call to duty then and in several eras since. It is tragic that this vitally important chapter of history has been forgotten by so many, and it’s sad that this year’s celebrations were overwhelmed by illness. That said, the stories are there to be told and retold every day standing beside a cabinet display or aircraft at Airbase Arizona Museum, or riding in one of its planes as it glides over the Valley. They are stories we will never forget.

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Buffalo Wild Wings Veterans and active-duty service members get a free order of 10 boneless wings and fries on November 11. The offer is available for dine-in or takeout. 9404 W. Westgate Boulevard, Glendale, 623-877-9127, buffalowildwings. com. Chili’s Veterans and active-duty service members get a free meal from a select menu on November 11. Available for dine-in only. 10237 N. Metro Parkway, Phoenix, 602-997-4600, chilis.com. Cracker Barrel Cracker Barrel is giving veterans the choice between a free Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert, a slice of fruit cobbler or its All-American apple pie. 1209 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, 623-856-5161, crackerbarrel.com. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is offering a free pulled pork classic sandwich on November 11. 10005 W. McDowell Road, Suite 101, Avondale, 623-936-2011, dickeys.com. Fired Pie Fired Pie will offer a free entrée to all vets who show their ID or are in uniform on November 11 for Veterans Day. The company also offers a 10% discount yearround to veterans. This deal is valid for one per person only, not valid through third-party delivery services. 6800 N. 95th Avenue, Suite 870, Tanger Outlets, Glendale, 623-872-2222, firedpie.com.

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Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Grimaldi’s Pizzeria offers 15% off yearround with the military discount to active, retired and veterans at all Grimaldi’s locations outside of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. 9788 W. Northern Avenue, Suite 1440, Peoria, 623-486-4455, grimaldispizzeria. com. Hopdoddy Burger Bar On November 11, Hopdoddy Burger Bar is offering a free classic burger (with or without cheese) to all veterans and active military service members. Qualified recipients can show their military ID or uniform to claim their free burger. This offer is redeemable for in-store dining or to-go orders placed by phone. 11055 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale,

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Little Caesars Veterans and active-duty military members can visit Little Caesars from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. November 11 for a free $5 lunch combo. 5127 W. Glendale Avenue, Glendale, 623-934-3307, littlecaesars.com. Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que Veterans receive 20% off the entire month of November for Military Family Month. 2030 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 480-966-7427, lucillesbbq.com. Macayo’s All day on November 11, all active and nonactive military personnel and veterans are invited to enjoy one free entrée at any Macayo’s restaurant. Offer available for dine-in, takeout or Macayo’s delivery. 1474 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, 623209-7000, macayo.com. Original Breakfast House From Saturday, November 7, to Wednesday, November 11, Original Breakfast House will roll out specials and events to show appreciation to its customers and the hospitality industry as well as to honor and recognize veterans. Visit originalbreakfasthouse.com for details. 13623 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, 602-4822328. Pedal Haus Brewery Locally owned Pedal Haus Brewery is supporting those who have served by offering all military personnel and veterans 20% off all food and drinks on Veterans Day as


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Royal Australian Air Force Maj. Christopher Baker, 61st Fighter Squadron instructor pilot, and U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Tom Hayes, 61st FS commander, pose for a photo at Luke Air Force Base. The U.S. Air Force is strengthening alliances and partnerships by training F-35A Lightning II fighter pilots alongside the RAAF since 2014. All RAAF personnel are scheduled to return to RAAF Base Williamtown, Australia, by December. The first B-course for the student pilots at RAAF Base Williamtown is projected to launch in January and will be taught by instructor pilots that trained at Luke AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

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RAAF Maj. Christopher Baker, 61st Fighter Squadron instructor pilot and graduate of the F-35A pilot training program at Luke, attests to the importance of the training partnership between the U.S. Air Force and the RAAF. He explained it is extremely rewarding to reinvest and train both nationalities in the same aircraft with the same tactics. “I feel like we contribute something to the U.S. Air Force training mission by bringing our own unique perspectives, configuration, roles and environments to the mission, just like the U.S. Air Force mission brings that to us as well,” Baker says. “I think that’s what’s really useful about it being combined.” According to U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Tom

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F E AT U R E AUSTRALIA FROM PAGE 26 requirements swiftly and efficiently. “I am continually amazed at how the students learn so quickly,” Baker says. “They come in the door knowing very little or nothing about the F-35, and four or five months later, they’re flying high-end large force-employment exercise missions with multiple aircraft involved in a dense surface-to-air missile threat scenario.” The chances of the RAAF and the U.S. Air Force working together in a deployed environment is very likely, according to Baker. “Most of the Australian pilots that have come through here at Luke have worked with the U.S. Air Force before in the Middle East,” Baker says. “I don’t think you’d meet many RAAF or U.S. Air Force pilots that haven’t interacted with each other before in some capacity, either operationally or in an exercise somewhere.” The RAAF and U.S. Air Force student pilots complete the same nine-month undergraduate training course, where pilots learn how to operate and employ the F-35. Australian and U.S. instructor pilots lead the training during courses, Hayes says. “Our mission, which aligns with the 61st

mission, is to train the world’s most capable fighter pilots,” Baker says. “For Australia, we train pilots and maintainers here at Luke. We will continue beyond the end of 2020 to use Luke as a staging ground for jet deliveries to be brought back to Australia.” The maintenance training concluded in early 2020 due to COVID-19, although pilot training will continue to December 2020. Baker explains that the RAAF established one operational and one training F-35A squadron at RAAF Base Williamtown and plans to establish another operational squadron in January 2021. As of October 2020, five RAAF F-35s are assigned to the 61st FS. The first F-35 was delivered to RAAF Base Williamtown in 2018, and the 30th F-35 is scheduled to return to Australia by December 2020. Seventy-two F-35s are ordered, and the last one is projected to be delivered to Australia by 2024. Baker says the RAAF is aiming to declare Initial Operational Capability—when a capability achieves its minimum threshold to support operations—by December 2020, ahead of the timeline. The RAAF’s first B-course for student pilot training is scheduled to launch in January 2021 and will be taught by instructor

pilots who trained at Luke AFB. In 2019, 34 fighter pilots were assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron, and 17 were RAAF pilots. As of October, there are five RAAF instructor pilots, seven student pilots and two maintainers who continue to execute the joint training partnership mission. Hayes says Luke will continue to maintain an alliance with the RAAF in the future through exchange programs. “To be able to keep those formal connections, we’re heavily looking into exchange programs where we’re actively trying to get one of our pilots to get an exchange assignment at RAAF Base Williamtown,” Hayes says. “They would serve over there for two or three years, just like we have exchange assignments with other partners. The Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC) is actively seeking applications to send.” The joint pilot training at Luke AFB makes RAAF’s F-35 mission fully operational in Australia. “It’s more than we just wear the same patches,” Hayes says. “There’s a deeper meaning to what this partnership does here at Luke, and it has strategic level implications.”

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eteran Tickets Foundation set its own records in the first quarter of 2019. Also known as Vet Tix, the nonprofit that provides event tickets to all branches of current military and veterans, as well as families of those killed in action, had been gaining momentum up through the early part of 2020. “We did better in those three months (Q1 2019) than we had in any previous year in those three months,” explains Edward Rausch, COO of Vet Tix. “In 2020, up through the middle of March, we were on pace to increase year over by another 60%.” The Tempe organization, which was founded in 2008 and partners with sports teams, leagues,

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promoters, organizations, venues and ticket holders across the nation to acquire free tickets for veterans to request, was nearing its 10 millionth ticket in the early part of 2020. Then COVID-19 hit. Of all the industries impacted, the events world was hit especially hard, making Vet Tix the next domino to fall. At first, Rausch thought it would be temporary, maybe lasting a month or few. It’s now fall, and many events are still halted. Rausch says the organization is down nearly 99% year over year, not to mention being forced to reduce its overhead costs by more than 75%, including furloughs and salary cuts. “It’s been a deep impact,” Rausch says. “Vet Tix, as an organization, we learned early on that you really couldn’t count on grants and funding from other sources. We really needed to figure out a way to be self-sufficient—so we had been for quite a while, but it was all dependent on there actually being live events and tickets flowing through the system.

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Support Vet Tix 2020 will feature entertainers such as Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Tommy Shaw and Styx (above) from 2 to 6 p.m. EST Saturday, November 21. (Photo courtesy Styx)

“It gave us the ability to charge a small delivery fee (to receive tickets) that helped us maintain and be able to stay relevant and operational and create salaries for people that were giving so much time and spending so much time actually cultivating these relationships with our partners and these donors. Without live events, that all dried up, and so now we’re trying to figure out other ways to maintain and stay relevant, stay operational.” That’s where Support Vet Tix 2020 comes in. Scheduled to air from 2 to 6 p.m. EST Saturday, November 21, the free virtual online event will tell the nonprofit’s story and mission; feature donors, partners and past ticket recipients, called “VetTixers”; and include entertainment. Rausch could only confirm Trans-Siberian Orchestra as well as Tommy Shaw and Styx for entertainers; others are still in the works and, consequently, under wraps, he says. Event sponsors include Live Nation, the Baltimore Ravens, the Goodyear Cotton Bowl and


BUSINESS iHeartMedia. The event is co-produced by Heather Rausch and JoAnn Holland. Donations are welcome at vettix.org/c/supportvettix. For more information on programming or sponsorships, contact events@vettix. org. Vet Tix is about bringing families together and creating memories, Rausch says. “We’ve always found that when we do things, if it’s the right course of action, that things just tend to fall into place; and that’s what’s happened here with this, is we’ve started moving down this path and we’ve started getting some support from some of our great donors and we’re starting to get some content and buy-in,” Rausch says. “We find that not only is it the VetTixers that miss being able to get the tickets to these events and spend quality family time together but it’s the venues and the organizations and the donors themselves that miss being able to have them attend and give back and say ‘thank you.’” As far as returning to normal operations, Rausch is hopeful. “For us, it would mean a lot to get to 2021. We anticipate that the concert season will come back and maybe be twice as robust this year,” he

says, acknowledging the pandemic’s impact on everything from concerts to sports. “We anticipate starting up again late March/early April this next year.” In the meantime, Rausch says Vet Tix has dipped its toes into providing tickets to virtual events in recent months, but the focus has been behind the scenes. That includes partnerships with various major ticketing platforms as well as software improvements and automation to allow the organization to Vet Tix COO Edward Rausch is hopeful the nonprofit will return handle more tickets without to normal operations soon. In the meantime, a virtual event is error and in wider windows. set for November 21. (Photo by Pablo Robles) “It’s just been kind of a “But again, without there really being fans pivot,” he says. “We knew that there weren’t really going to be much in attendance, the focus was cleaning out in the way of live events. There started to be the software on the back end, making sure some online, virtual-type stuff—concerts and that our systems were really dialed in, and comedy shows and things like that—so we’ve that’s been a big focus, because we did want gone that direction and we’ve been able to offer to come out of this and be ready to hit the some of that to our folks. ground running.”

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fter 26 years of active duty in the U.S. Army, Dean Yeager is finding his future at Glendale Community College. Originally from the Sacramento area, Yeager joined the Army and spent his first seven years in a M1 A1/A2 Abrams as a driver, gunner and finally commander. He moved into logistics for a few years and finished out his enlistment in mortuary affairs. A few years after being honorably discharged, he was working with his vocational rehab counselor and he expressed how Dean Yeager is a U.S. Army, much he enjoyed his second job in the Army—logistics. retired, veteran and current GCC The precision and need for detailed procedures appealed to honors student. (Photo courtesy GCC) him. Yeager lives in Glendale and, based on this and his interests, his counselor suggested that he go to GCC and then transfer to ASU West. When asked about his time at GCC, he says, “My instructors have Yeager agreed and gave Glendale Community College a try. He all been great, and that has kept me here. I could have transferred to worked with his adviser in the GCC Veterans Services Center, who ASU West a while ago, but I enjoy GCC so much that I decided to stick mapped out a pathway that will give Yeager all the classes he needs to around here.” transfer seamlessly over to ASU West. During his free time, Yeager likes riding his modded-out Harley DaRight now, he is taking managerial accounting, business calculus, vidsons, scuba diving and volunteering his time at the GCC Veterans macroeconomics and geology. The last one is just for fun. Services Center. Stop by the Veterans Services Center for a chat with “I’ve always been somewhat of a rockhound.” Yeager says. “I’ve col- Yeager. He’ll explain how you can get your future started at GCC or he lected rocks from all over the United States and everywhere I’ve been will tell you what it was like to tour Europe on a Harley. stationed, including Germany, Belgium, Bulgaria, Afghanistan, Iraq and The Glendale Community College Veterans Services Center is a oneSouth Korea. I even have a rock that I got from the bottom of Lake Pleas- stop shop for veterans and their dependents who want to improve their ant the first time I went scuba diving.” lives through higher education. Yeager has a natural talent for logistics and enjoys math, so a degree in GCC provides a wide range of academic opportunities, from certifisupply chain management seemed a natural fit. His aptitude, drive and cates of completion to degrees and from refresher classes to getting credknowledge are born out by his success at GCC. He is a member of the its while working toward transferring to a university, starting a career or GCC Honors Program, the national Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, climbing the ladder at a current workplace. plus he recently received an Outstanding Student Achievement award, Glendale Community College has two locations serving the West Valwhich is given to remarkable students who have been nominated by in- ley—6000 W. Olive Avenue, Glendale, and 5727 W. Happy Valley Road, structors. Phoenix. For more information, visit gccaz.edu.

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Cachet HOMES

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS

MOVE-IN READY AND UNDER CONSTRUCTION CONDOMINIUMS Purchase includes a Cachet Elite Social Membership to the Wigwam Resort*

CONDOMINIUMS 1,522 to 1,961 Sq. Ft.

• 2 Bedrooms and 2 Bedrooms plus Den • Attached 2-Car Garage • Fabulous Outdoor Patio Areas • From the low $300s

AMENITY AREA INCLUDING

• Heated Pool and Spa • Exercise Room • Outdoor Kitchen & Entertainment area

CachetAtTheWigwam.com 623.385.0129 14200 W. Village Parkway, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340 Corner of Litchfield Road & Village Parkway A Few Single Family and Townhomes Remain!

Square footage and dimensions are estimated and may vary in actual construction. Floor plans and elevations are artist’s conception and are not intended to show specifi c detailing. Floor plans are the property of Cachet Homes and its affi liates. For further information, please see Sales Associate. All sales are subject to buyers receipt and review of a Arizona Subdivision Public Report. *See Sales Associate for incentive information. Prices, features, floor plans, elevations and incentives subject to change without notice.


FINANCING AVAILABLE

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Sofa wsiteh Cha

$

548

Sofa with Chase $548 (B2-3657) • Sofa $498 • Loveseat $448 • Char ½ $368

We have the BEST SELECTION and the BEST PRICES In Stock!

Queen Panel Bed

288

$

• Storage Ottoman $238 • 30” Table Lamp^ $62 Ea. (109-8628)

Lively Eurotop Mattress (LIV-50M)

$

Derekson Queen Panel Bed 288 $

(B200-QPBED) • Includes Headboard, Footboard and Rails (Mattress and comforter

set not included) • King Bed $388 • Full Size Bed $278 • Twin Bed $248 • Dresser 298 • Mirror $78 • Lingerie Chest $248 • 5-Drawer Chest $278 • Nightstand $158

$

Queen Mattress

368

Twin Mattress $258/Set $348 Twin XL Mattress $298/Set $398 • 800 Pocketed Coils Full Mattress $328/Set $448 • DualCool Technology Queen Mattress $368/Set $498 • Lumbar Support Gel $ $ King Mattress 598/Set 798 Memory Foam

While Supplies Last ^Available in Store Only

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