The award is for our support given to the 860th Military Police and their families during their deployment in Afghanistan. Kim Sloan, LAVFW, George Phillips, VFW Post 10188, George Bidwell, Chairman, SaddleBrooke Troop Support, Francine Phillips, President LAVFW

On Dec 3, 2012, I had the privilege of attending Hometown Heroes Awards Ceremony held at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.  The FW Family Readiness Group presented SaddleBrooke Troop Support with the “Volunteer of the Year Award”   Receiving the award on behalf of our group was Sheldon Israel and “Moose” Creighton.  The award was presented to us by Col. “Mick” McGuire and Barb Gavre, our Family Readiness Coordinator.  Also in attendance was Major General Salazar, who was presenting service awards to our Troops.

And just what did we (YOU) do to receive this award?

So many of our returning soldiers and veterans cannot find a good job after transitioning from military service to civilian life.  We set up a program to fund $25.00 food cards to those in need, often times, more than one.  We were able to fund $1,500.00 each month for this purpose, thanks to generosity and BIG hearts of The Military Family Partners Group of Units 42 & 43.  We are now also budgeting $1,000.00 each month for the sole purpose of purchasing diapers and baby formula.  Even with all of this, we found still another need.  This effort was not sufficient to put enough food on the tables of our Veterans and their families.  So “Moose” being the major “softie” that he is, started collecting canned goods from his church and local clubs.  Then he set up drop off points at Saddlebrooke Drugs, Golder Ranch Fire Stations and Sunny Side Café.  Recently we were asked to participate in DesertFest 2012 which launched our official program “THE MILITARY FOOD BANK”.  Gradually we will be asking our Units to hold a food drive at one of their meetings or events.  Already on board to help us support this new program are Units 49 and 27.  How many more units will get onboard to support this effort?  Contact your unit rep, if interested.

In September 2011 a bronze statuette depicting a Minuteman, the symbol of the National Guard, was awarded to SaddleBrooke Troop Support for the support given to the 2220th Transportation Company, Arizona Army National Guard, while it was deployed to Kuwait and Iraq.  The award was accepted by SaddleBrooke Troop Support for all of the residents of SaddleBrooke, SaddleBrooke Ranch, Catalina and Oro Valley who have supported SaddleBrooke Troop Support through the years.
The Minuteman is available to organizations in SaddleBrooke who have shown outstanding support of SaddleBrooke Troop Support.  It is available to your organization  for a short-time display at one of your regular meetings, or at an annual event, etc.
The statuette may be seen in the lobby of the SaddleBrooke branch of the Bank of the West where it can best be seen by SaddleBrooke residents.  The statuette is 18 inches high and weighs 15 pounds.  it is accompanied by a framed information sheet.