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MOAA meeting notes

STS Board member Joe Rink and President D.A. “Bo” Nanna

Colonel Rett Benedict (U.S.A.F. Retired) Our most recent meeting provided members with a great view into the activities of a local group that helps both active-duty military, veterans and their families, the SaddleBrooke Troop Support (STS). President D. A. “Bo” Nanna spoke to the group giving us a brief history and overview of STS programs.…

How can you help our Tucson hospitalized veterans feel welcome?

Southern Arizona VA HealthCare System (SAVAHCS) has been serving American Heroes, our veterans, since 1928. Each volunteer at SAVAHCS (over 2000) assists in honoring our hospital veterans. One important part of the volunteer program is called Hero’s Welcome. The only requirement to participate in the Hero’s Welcome program is to be a veteran – both…

Honor Flight

Jerry Lujan Are you a military veteran? Have you visited the military memorials in Washington, D.C.? Would you like to visit them? Would you like to visit them in the company of other veterans such as yourself? Would you like to visit them at no cost to yourself? If you have answered “Yes” to any…

American Legion receives award

During the recent 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Western Army National Guard Aviation Training Site Battalion (WAATS), held at the J.W. Marriott Star Pass Resort, the American Legion Oro Valley Post and Auxiliary Unit 132 were presented with the Outstanding Community Partner award. The award is in recognition of their years of support, care and…

Resident receives prestigious award

Your SaddleBrooke neighbor David H Dobson, Lieutenant Colonel USAF, retired, has been awarded the prestigious FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot award for 50 years of dedicated service in aviation safety. Dave lives in HOA 2 with his wife Kimberly. He is retired from General Motors as well as the Air Force Reserves. He is the…

Honor Flight: The U of A Flight

Jerry Lujan Honor Flight No. 21 departed Tucson on May 21 and returned on May 23. Julian “Gute” Gutierrez and I were there to meet and greet the 24 veterans who flew to Washington D.C. to see their memorials. The flight honored five WWII and 19 Korean veterans. The military services represented were Army –…

Honor Flight: What is it?

Jerry Lujan Honor Flight Southern Arizona provides WWII and Korean War veterans the opportunity to see their national memorials in Washington D.C. These are the men and women who availed themselves in a national effort to keep America safe during World War II (1941 – 1946) and the Korean War (1950 – 1955). It is…

STS introduces new VA Coordinators

Diane and Mike Buckley. Photo by T.J. Duffy.

D. A. “Bo” Nanna SaddleBrooke Troop Support (STS) welcomes Diane and Mike Buckley as the new Veterans Administration (VA) Coordinators for the organization. Both Diane and Mike retired from the Air Force, each having served for 20 years, and have lived in SaddleBrooke for over eight years. STS stalwart Barb Carter recruited her own replacements…

Sunrise Rotary Club hosts SaddleBrooke Troop Support

President George Bidwell and Publicity Chair Bo Nanna

Doug Sweetland On July 28, the SaddleBrooke Sunrise Rotary Club hosted representatives of the SaddleBrooke Troop Support (STS) at its weekly meeting. Attending from the STS were George Bidwell, president and Bo Nanna, publicity chair. Mr. Bidwell shared the history in the formation of the organization with the start in 2005. Initially the organization was…