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Military Appreciation at Sanderson Ford

Sanderson Ford was honored to sponsor the Glendale Chamber of Commerce's Military Appreciation Breakfast in honor of local members of the military. Please read below to find out more about these hometown heroes and view pictures from the event here!
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Master-Sergeant Lysandra Anderson
Master-Sergeant Anderson was nominated by Senior Master-Sergeant Fox for her dedication towards exuding the Air Force core values of integrity first, service before self and excellence in all she does daily. Master-Sergeant Anderson was selected to attend the Goodyear Leadership Course, where she excelled in leadership training designed to increase effectiveness in civic life, work with other community groups, and in community building and engagement efforts. She strengthened her relationships within the city by continuously volunteering above the required course hours. She participated in the City of Goodyears Website Forum where she gained additional knowledge to not only impact her community but her military and civilian coworkers.

Thank you, Master-Sergeant Anderson, for not only dedicating your life to serving the United States of America but for making the commitment to serving your local community.
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Master-Sergeant Christopher Dodd
Master-Sergeant Dodd was nominated by Senior Master-Sergeant Reese for his dedicated leadership towards providing a safe and structured, fun environment for our youth. Master- Sergeant Dodd is Chapter 1260, Air Force Sergeants Association Senior Advisor and Membership Trustee for Division 6 and Regional Director for all of Arizona. He uses his job at the Air Force Sergeants Association to help young students. A few ways that he has accomplished this is through coaching sports, coordinating a tour of Luke Air Force Base for high school JROTC and serving as a judge for the First Annual STEM Competition for Dysart Unified School District. His commitment to educating and working with the youth is shining a positive light on military service and helping to shape the children of our future.

Thank you, Master-Sergeant Dodd, for not only dedicating your life to serving the United States of America but for making the commitment to serving your local community.
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Captain Eugene Lee
Captain Lee was nominated by Glendale Mayor’s Chief of Staff, Kari Sliva, for his dedication to community engagement. Under his leadership, his team has been involved in many city projects and because he has instilled the importance of community engagement, his Sergeants and their new recruits have stepped up in numerous ways. Captain Lee devoted the time of his Company most recently to the Thunderbird Flag project. Though they have many duties and jobs, they set aside time on numerous occasions to hand carry generators, tools, cement bags, water, and the flag pole itself to the top of Thunderbird Park mountain. There are many other community events that they have provided volunteer assistance for in the last 2 years, including Stand up for Veterans, the annual Christmas Parade, and the Induction Ceremony. His efforts have truly bridged a gap between the military and civilian world. The Army Recruiting stations have been extremely engaged in the business community and that has brought additional awareness to the military, and it has also created a wealth of resources and contacts to the recruiting offices.

Thank you, Captain Lee, for not only dedicating your life to serving the United States of America but for making the commitment to serving your local community.
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Senior-Airman Dorothy Zurlinden
Senior-Airman Zurlinden was nominated by Master-Sergeant McBrayer for her dedication to fighting hunger in Arizona. During her off-time, she has spent more than 120 hours at St. Mary’s Foodbank volunteering in her fight against hunger. She has provided support in a multitude of ways, from sorting and repacking donations and preparing hot meals for deliveries, and even recruiting volunteers to assist in the distribution of 82 million meals to hungry families. In 2018, Airman Zurlinden headed the Armament Flight's Thunderbolt Cans & Kindness Food Drive, a comprehensive initiative to combat hunger. Because of her efforts, Airman Zurlinden has not only received a Certificate of Appreciation from St. Mary’s Food Bank but also has earned respect and gratitude of those for whom she serves and for those of whom she serves with.

Thank you, Airman Zurlinden, for not only dedicating your life to serving the United States of America but for making the commitment to serving your local community.
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Airman First Class Udom Gonzalez
Airman First Class Gonzalez was nominated by Chief-Master Sergeant Lockett for dedicating his off-duty time working with children from low income families in the local community. Airman First Class Gonzalez volunteers twice a week, totaling over 150 hours since the start of this year, to help children with homework, physical activity and weekly STEM projects. He serves as a mentor guiding them through life changes. He’s been able to commit to serving these children while also remaining a top performer in his military duties, he was recently awarded his next rank 6 months early.

Thank you, Airman First Class Gonzalez, for not only dedicating your life to serving the United States of America but for making the commitment to serving your local community.
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Staff-Sergeant Andrew Moody
Staff-Sergeant Moody was nominated by Master-Sergeant Valenzuela for his commitment to volunteering. On his off-duty time, Staff-Sergeant Moody volunteers long hours at the Arizona Humane Society where he ensures proper care for the sheltered animals. He has fostered over 20 Cats, dogs and
other animals. While fostering these animals he pays for their medication, hospice care and rehabilitation. He has logged a total of 240 hours of volunteer work for the shelter. In addition to this, he is one of the points of contact for the Homeless Youth Connection where he mentors and cares for Phoenix homeless youth. He re-organizes storage units, unloads truckloads of donations and re-organizes those items to support the 750 homeless valley youth to ensure they have proper clothing and hygiene items. He impacts many people by educating the military community on how important it is to stay active and volunteering in your local community and show compassion to those who need it, in turn making them a better Wingman.

Thank you, Staff-Sergeant Moody, for not only dedicating your life to serving the United States of America but for making the commitment to serving your local community.
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Tech-Sergeant Bill Crew
Tech-Sergeant Crew was nominated by Master-Sergeant Dodson for his dedication to helping shape the youth in our community. Tech-Sergeant Crew balances a full-time military career and a family while volunteering as a wrestling coach for the Phoenix Christian Wrestling Club. Through his coaching he has taught his wrestlers spiritual, mental, physical and social resiliency. Under his mentorship teens not only received valuable coaching, but insight into military comradery. He stepped in when Phoenix Christian Wrestling Club did not have enough coaches to support all wrestlers, making it possible for these kids to peruse their passion.

Thank you, Tech-Sergeant Crew, for not only dedicating your life to serving the United States of America but for making the commitment to serving your local community.
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Tech-Sergeant Dillon Barron
Tech-Sergeant Barron was nominated by Lieutenant Colonel Hierlmeier for his dedication to being a resource for his community and his commitment to helping others whenever the need arises. Tech-Sergeant Barron took action and put his combat lifesaving training to work as he cared for a woman who was injured in an off-road motorcycle accident in the Tonto National Forest. His actions prevented further injury and likely saved the woman's life. Tech-Sergeant Barron has begun volunteering with Central AZ Mountain Rescue. He is training to become a part-time volunteer team member, assisting with wilderness emergency medical services/search-and-rescue.

Thank you, Tech-Sergeant Barron, for not only dedicating your life to serving the United States of America but for making the commitment to serving your local community.
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Tech-Sergeant Thomas Carter
Tech-Sergeant Carter was nominated by Master-Sergeant Arpino for his on-going support of the community and his dedication to helping all Airmen, civilian and uniformed, and their families. Tech-Sergeant Carter has been an advocate of Go Green and has volunteered as part of clean up initiatives, picking up over 2,000 pounds of waste. He has also dedicated countless hours to coaching youth sports, ensuring they know the values of sportsmanship and goodwill, while also tying in the Air Force core values. He is committed to helping all civilians live in a healthier environment and cares about improving the lives of the youth in our community.


Thank you, Tech-Sergeant Carter, for not only dedicating your life to serving the United States of America but for making the commitment to serving your local community.
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Tech-Sergeant Lone Jennings
Tech-Sergeant Jennings was nominated by Master-Sergeant Lopez for his dedication to giving back to his community. Tech-Sergeant Jennings has been involved in numerous volunteer lead opportunities that have totaled 684 hours over a span of 86 duty days. In this time he has established a traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall, prepared home-cooked meals for homeless veterans, supported an “Adopt-a-Street” initiative in Peoria, recruited airman volunteers for Luke AFB, led two major painting missions for US Vets, and set a new record for meals prepared for “Food for Kidz.” He has created a relationship with not only surrounding areas of Luke AFB but the entirety of Phoenix Metro. By being the Luke AFB liaison for these events, he has given light to the many struggles going on locally and has created a culture of Airmen who strive to make a difference.

Thank you, Tech-Sergeant Jennings, for not only dedicating your life to serving the United States of America but for making the commitment to serving your local community.
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