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Pat's Run

Podcast: 8th Annual Pat’s Run

In May of 2002, Pat Tillman turned down a $3.6 million contract from the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the U.S. Army following the 9/11 attacks. In 2004, Tillman’s wife Marie founded the Pat Tillman Foundation and a year later the inaugural Pat’s Run took place in Tempe, Ariz.

The Pat Tillman Foundation was set up to raise money for the Tillman Military Scholars, a program that supports active and veteran service members by financially supporting their pursuit of a college degree. Since the inception of the program, the Pat Tillman Foundation has invested more than $2.2 million in financial support for these scholars.

This year’s 8th Annual Pat’s Run will take place on Saturday April 21 starting near the Arizona State University football stadium. With limited space and the past couple years reaching capacity, signing up sooner than later is suggested — especially because this is the first year there will be no day-of registration.

And Pat’s Run isn’t just for the serious runner; walk, jog, run, do whatever you’d like. From competitive runners to families, friends and children, Pat’s Run is a day-long event that offers something for everyone.

This week I had the privilege of speaking with Tony Alba, the marketing communications manager from the Pat Tillman Foundation. We spoke about everything from the historical background of Pat’s Run to the registration deadlines and information about the race.

I encourage everyone to consider taking part in Pat’s Run and help support our nation’s service members and honor Pat’s legacy.

Enjoy the interview.

The 8th Annual Pat’s Run is taking place on Saturday, April 21, at Arizona State University with race times starting at 7:05 a.m.

Arizona Military: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ Business Magazine November-December 2011

Centennial Series: Arizona Military Milestones

Centennial Series: Arizona Military Milestones

The military has played an enormous role in shaping the first 100 years of Arizona’s history.

Here are some of the Arizona military personalities, places and things that have left their mark on the state’s history:

Lori Piestewa (1979-2003)Arizona Military: Lori Piestewa, AZ Business Magazine November/December 2011

Piestewa was the first Native American woman to die in combat for the United States military and the first woman in the U.S. armed forces killed in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. She was a member of the 507th Maintenance Company whose unit was ambushed. Piestewa was awarded the Purple Heart and Prisoner of War Medal. The army posthumously promoted her from Private First Class to Specialist. Arizona’s state government renamed Squaw Peak in as Piestewa Peak in her honor.

Pat Tillman (1976-2004)Arizona Military: Pat Tillman, AZ Business Magazine November/December 2011

The former Arizona Cardinals football player died while serving in the U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. The Pat Tillman Foundation was established in his honor to support veterans and their families by providing resources and scholarships. Before joining the Cardinals, Tillman was an ASU graduate and star player for the Sun Devils.

Ira Hayes (1923-1955)

Pima Indian Ira Hayes of Sacaton was a World War II soldier in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is one of the six flag raisers depicted in the Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington D.C. The Ira Hayes Memorial Park in Sacaton was established in his honor.

Barry Goldwater (1909-1998)

During WWII, Goldwater joined the U.S. Air Force as a pilot assigned to the Ferry Command, a unit that flew aircraft and supplies globally. He flew overseas between the U.S. and India, later contributing to the development of the United States Air Force Academy. He remained in the reserves after the war and retired as a command pilot with the rank of Major General. The Barry M. Goldwater Range in Yuma was named in his honor.

John McCain

The U.S. Senator served 22 years in the military after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy. He became a naval aviator, flying ground-attack aircraft from aircraft carriers. During the Vietnam War, he was almost killed in the 1967 USS Forrestal fire. In October 1967, while on a bombing mission over Hanoi, he was shot down, seriously injured, and captured by the North Vietnamese. He was a prisoner of war until 1973, and was beaten and denied adequate medical treatment. McCain retired from the Navy in 1981, and was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart.

USS Arizona (BB-39)

Arizona Military: USS Arizona, AZ Business Magazine November/December 2011Launched June 19, 1915, the USS Arizona was the second and last of the Pennsylvania class of “super-dreadnought” battleships. Arizona served stateside during World War I. The ship is mostly remembered because of its sinking, with the loss of 1,177 lives, during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the event that provoked the United States into entering World War II. A memorial was dedicated May 30, 1962 as part of the Pacific National Monument.

Navajo Code Talkers

They participated in every assault the U.S. Marines conducted in the Pacific from 1942-1945. Navajo code talkers served in all six Marine divisions, transmitting messages in a code that the Japanese were unable to break. The complexity of the Navajo language made for an ideal and indecipherable code.

Bushmasters

The “Bushmasters” of the South Pacific was the Arizona National Guard unit that gained fame in WWII. It battled Apache Indians, Spaniards, Germans and Japanese over a 102-year period. The group was originally formed from a collection of five companies that defended Arizona territory from Apache Indians.

Military technology

Arizona Military: Apache Longbow Helicopter - AZ Business Magazine November/December 2011Arizona has made a name for itself when it comes to innovation in military technology. The Apache Longbow, produced by Boeing in Mesa, is the world’s most advanced combat helicopter. Lockheed Martin in Goodyear is a global company that provides aerospace technology worldwide. The manufacturing and integration of spacecraft hardware, software and ground-support equipment is provided by Spectrum Astro, located in Gilbert. Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson is awarded military contracts worth millions of dollars annually. General Dynamics C4 Systems in Scottsdale routinely earns military communications contracts, also in the millions of dollars.

Military bases

Air Force

Luke Air Force Base Arizona Military: F16 Fighting Falcon, AZ Business Magazine November/December 2011

Located in Maricopa County, Luke employs more than 8,000 personnel and covers 4,200 acres. It is home to the largest fighter wing in the world, the 56th Fighter Wing. It is also the largest and only active-duty F-16 Fighting Falcon training base in the world.

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

Located in Tucson, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is home to the A-10 Thunderbolt II, more commonly known as the “Warthog.” The A-10 was used in combat for the first time during the Gulf War in 1991, destroying more than 900 Iraqi tanks, 2,000 military vehicles, and 1,200 artillery pieces.

Williams Air Force Base

This former base in Mesa allowed more than 26,500 men and women to earn their wings. It broke ground for its Advanced Flying School on July 16, 1941. Williams Air Force Base closed in 1993, resulting in the loss of $300 million in annual economic activity. It reopened in 1984 as a regional, commercial airport known as Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

Army

Fort Huachuca

Home of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command in Sierra Vista, Fort Huachuca was declared a national landmark in 1976. It is the headquarters of the Army Military Affiliate Radio System, Joint Interoperability Test Command and Electronic Proving Ground.

Marines

Yuma Marine Corps Air Station

This air station specializes in air-to-ground aviation training for U.S. and NATO forces. In 1990, almost every Marine that participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm trained at Yuma. The Tactical Aircrew Combat Training System was added to provide realistic combat training electronically.

 

Arizona Business Magazine November-December 2011

 

100 Years of Notable Arizonans, Arizona Centennial Series

Centennial Series: 100 Years of Notable Arizonans

Arizonans who made a notable impact to Arizona & American history:

100 Years of Notable Arizonans - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011

 

100 Years of Notable Arizonans:

 

Dr. Richard Carmona

Served as the 17th U.S. Surgeon General during the Bush Administration

Raul H. Castro

First Hispanic governor of Arizona; U.S. ambassador to Argentina

Cesar Chavez

(1927–1993)

Labor rights activist; union organizerNotable Arizonans, Arizona Centennial

Barry Goldwater

(1909–1998)

U.S. Senator; 1968 Republican presidential nominee

Carl Hayden

(1877–1972)

U.S. Senator; still holds the record for the longest service in Congress

Percival Lowell

(1855–1916)

Astronomer; founder of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff

Frank Luke

(1897–1918)

World War I ace fighter pilot; Luke Air Force Base is named in his honorFrank Luke, 100 Years Notable Arizonans, Centennial

Rose Mofford

First woman governor of Arizona

John McCain

U.S. Senator; 2008 Republican presidential nominee; Vietnam War POW

Evan Mecham

(1924-2008)

First Arizona governor to be impeached
Sandra Day O’Connor

First woman on the U.S. Supreme Court; ASU Law School named after her

Sandra Day O'Connor, 100 Years Notable Arizonans, Centennial

Lori Piestewa

(1979–2003)

First Native American woman killed in combat while serving in the U.S. military

Pat Tillman

(1976–2004)

Arizona Cardinals player; U.S. Army Ranger killed by friendly fire in AfghanistanPat Tillman, 100 Years Notable Arizonans, Centennial

Morris “Mo” Udall

(1922–1998)

U.S. Representative; pro basketball player; presidential candidateMorris "Mo" Udall, 100 Years Notable Arizonans, Centennial

Frank Lloyd Wright

(1867–1959)

Renowned and highly influential architect

Frank Lloyd Wright, 100 Years Notable Arizonans, Centennial

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Arizona Centennial Series - 10 Top Headlines Spotlighting Arizona

10 Top Famous And Infamous Arizona Alumni

10 Top Most Famous and Infamous Arizona Alumni

Since 1885, both the University of Arizona and Arizona State have graduated hundreds of thousands of students — many of which have gone on to lead successful lives utilizing their education and experience. From the two largest schools in the state, alumni include those involved in wide range of professions from members of Congress, to Hall of Fame sports figures, to Hollywood producers.  Of those which we researched, these are what we found to be the 10 Top Most Famous and Infamous Arizona School Alumni:

David Spade – Arizona State

10.

David SpadeA television and film comedian, David Spade graduated from Arizona State University in 1986 with a degree in business and would later go onto to Saturday Night Live and Just Shoot Me! He would be most known for his sketches with Chris Farley and went on to appear in several other movies and television shows throughout his successful Hollywood career after leaving SNL.

Barry Bonds – Arizona State

9.

Barry BondsArguably the most famous former Sun Devil MLB player, Barry Bonds played baseball for Arizona Statein the mid-80s and was later drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986. Bonds has been voted to the All-Star game 14 times, was recipient of the Slugger Award 12 times, and hit the most home runs in a season (73).A lefty with power, Bonds holds the record for the most home runs hit in a career (762), in a season (73), and On-base percentage in a single season (.609) .However, despite his talent, in the early 2000’s he would become the infamous poster boy for the steroid scandal that plagued the game, as known as the BALCO scandal. Bonds has since been convicted of perjury and faces jail time for his use of steroids and cover-up that ensued.

Terry Goddard – Arizona State

8.

Terry Goddard - Image Provided by FlickrPhoenix mayor from 1983 to 1990, Terry Goddard graduated from Arizona State Universityin 1976 with a degree in law, after his graduation from Harvard.Serving as Attorney General for Arizona from 2002 to 2011, Terry focused much of this attention on internet crime, immigration and was a strong opponent to the polygamist Jeff Warren.Ultimately leading to his arrest, Goddard’s strong stance on the issue became his stamp on the office until controversy of illegal “blackmail” activity arose in 2011.

Al Michaels – Arizona State

7.

Al Michaels - Image Provided by FlickrAn American sportscaster, Al Michaels graduated from Arizona State Universitywith a degree in radio and television, minoring in journalism.One of the most prominent in sports history, this New York Native’s resume includes everything from Monday Night Football commentary with John Madden, the 1980 “Miracle on Ice”game against the Russian Olympic team, and game 3 of the 1989 World Series that was halted due to the massive San Francisco earthquake.A legend in all aspects of broadcasting, Al Michael’s career spans nearly three decades of television and radio. An instantly recognizable voice, he has been an influential force in anyone seeking success in the entertainment business.

Jerry Bruckheimer – University of Arizona

6.

Jerry Bruickheimer - Image Provided by FlickrA famed producer and director in Hollywood, Jerry Bruckheimer graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in psychology. He would later begin producing films in the 1970’s, and he later developed into one of the most successful producers of all time – with an overall net worth of 13 billionin revenue over the course of his career.In the past 30 years, his resume has included such films and television shows such as Armageddon, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor, Pirates of the Caribbean, Beverley Hills Cope, CSI, Cold Case, and the Amazing Race. His success is undoubtedly mainstream.

Bob Dole – University of Arizona

5.

Bob Dole - Image Provided by FlickrA politician and attorney, Bob Dole graduated from the University of Arizona’s Washburn University School of Law in 1952 and would later go on to be the governor of his home state of Kansas.In addition, he ran as Gerald Ford’s vice presidential candidate in the 1976 election and later won the GOP nomination in 1996. However, he would later lose to Democratic Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton.Throughout his political career in the Senate, he was named Chairman of the National Republican Committee in 1971, leader of the Agricultural Committee in 1975 and Chairman of the Financial Committee in 1981. Despite his loss in the presidency, he still has lasting affect on the country’s political sphere.

Stewart Udall – University of Arizona

4.

Stewart Udall - Image Provided by FlickrAn American politician, Stewart Udall was born January 31st, 1920 in St. Johns, Arizona. A Democratic congressman, Udall represented Arizona for three terms and later as Secretary of the Interior for both John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.Graduate of the University of Arizona, Udall was highly influential in Arizona’s economic and social growth in the 1960’s, as Secretary of the Interior, and he was responsible for passing numerous environmental bills which helped build the national park system.Udall helped oversee the addition of 56 natural wildlife refugees, four national parks, six national monuments and 20 national historic sites including California’s Redwood Forest.  In addition, he initiated several Water Quality and Clean Water Restoration Acts/Amendments, and the National Trail System of 1968.

Carl Hayden – Arizona State

3.

Carl Hayden - Image Provided by Google ImagesAn American politician, Carl Haydenwas the first Senator to serve seven terms and had a lasting influence on numerous irrigation, highway, power and reclamation acts in the early century.Born October 2nd, 1877 in Hayden’s Ferry, Arizona Territory (renamed Tempe in 1878), Carl Hayden attended Arizona Normal School (now Arizona State University), and later went to study economics and law at Stanford University.From the 1920’s to the 1960’s, he was responsible for much of the southwest’s growth, including the Hayden Cartwright Act for highway funding, the Arizona vs. California water rights case, and eventually the Central Arizona Project in 1968.

Barry Goldwater – University of Arizona

2.

Barry Goldwater - Image Provided by FlickrA Phoenix native, Barry Goldwaterserved five terms in 1950’s and 1960’s, and later won the Republican nomination for the 1964 presidential election.Known as “Mr. Conservative,” he has been credited for much of the American conservative rejuvenation in the 1950’s, and what would later be coined the Libertarian partyof the 1970’s.However, despite his long resume of publicly supported policies, he ultimately lost the presidential election to Lyndon Johnson, and was attributed to his opposition to the monumental Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Pat Tillman – Arizona State

1.

Pat Tillman - Image Provided by FlickrA decorated Army Ranger, Pat Tillman played football at both Arizona State University and for the Arizona Cardinalsuntil his unfortunate death on April 22nd, 2004 in Afghanistan.Drafted in 1998 to the Arizona Cardinals, he would later give up his position in the NFL to serve his country in the aftermath of September 11th, 2001 and serve in the Army.  On his final of many tours in Afghanistan, he was killed by what at the time was decided as enemy fire.However, as evidence emerged in the coming months, it was later determined he was killed by friendly fire, and there had been a widespread cover up of the story. From millionaire NFL Linebacker to decorated Army Ranger, Pat Tillman is recognized every year with Pats Run,” commemorating the honorable life he lived and his sacrifice to our country.

 

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