Arizona StandDown 2018 numbers report


Special Initiatives Director

Arizona Housing Coalition


Gabe Forsberg

Subject: Fwd: StandDown numbers

FYI, donors and volunteers,
Women made up nearly 16% of the registered veterans this year. As the attached graph shows, there were 1658 total veterans who registered last week. Thank you all for making this a really special year for our women veterans. I will keep you posted as to what next year will look like. thx for your time, talent and treasure – gabe

Pebble Hills NJROTC defeats Arizona American Legion

Update on JSSP events underway.

Pebble Hills NJROTC defeated Arizona American Legion 665 to 577 in the National Air Rifle New Shooter League. With the win, Pebble Hills NJROTC is in twenty-second place with a 1 – 0 record. Pebble Hills NJROTC was led by Anthony Vildosola who shot a 210. The remaining contributing members were Norma Montero, Issa Gutierrez, and Shazaray Labaya. Pebble Hills NJROTC is from El Paso, TX, and is coached by Anthony J. Arellano.

Arizona American Legion dropped to 0 – 1 on the season. They are currently in forty-first place. Arizona American Legion was led by Anton Bichler who shot a 224. The remaining contributing members were Jared Stenbak, Chandler Boyd, and Jordan Hagy. Arizona American Legion is from Glendale, AZ, and is coached by Dan Palmer.

Next up Pebble Hills NJROTC will compete against San Juan Wildlife Federation from Farmington, NM. San Juan Wildlife Federation currently has a 0 – 1 record. Arizona American Legion will compete against Hopewell AJROTC from Huntersville, NC. Hopewell AJROTC currently has a 0 – 0 record.

These two teams are competing in the National Air Rifle "New Shooter" League. Sponsored by the Orion Scoring System, the league is a national team league exclusive to athletes in their first year of competition. Teams are from high schools and junior rifle clubs throughout the United States. Over 10 weeks each team competes in 8 games. Each week, each team is paired with another team with a near equal win-loss record. The winner of the league is the team with the best win loss record.

In each game the teams compete in what is known as a Three-Position Air Rifle match. The match is modeled after Olympic Rifle competitions but adapted to high school age athletes. Each athlete will shoots 10 shots in three different shooting positions, prone, standing, and kneeling. Each shot is worth a maximum of 10 points. The sum of points scored in the 30 shots is the athlete’s total. The team score is comprised of the best four athletes from each team.

For more information on the league, including complete standings, visit

Box Score:

Pebble Hills NJROTC team page:
Arizona American Legion team page:

22 – 28 Jan 2018

Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Training

Sharing for Unified Arizona Veterans:
Inviting veterans and the public to nominate Arizona veterans to the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame, Class of 2018,

All interested persons are invited to a free Workshop, “How to Nominate an Arizona Veteran”

Saturday, February 3, 2018; 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Liberty Hall, 2nd floor; State Veteran Home Phoenix

Questions? please contact Carol Culbertson, Secretary, Unified Arizona Veterans Email:
Cell 602.799.9480

Forms and criteria may be found at the UAV website:

American Legion National Commander issues statement on re-opening federal government

INDIANAPOLIS (January 23,  2018) American Legion National Commander Denise H. Rohan issued the following statement regarding yesterday’s re-opening of the federal government

“The American Legion is grateful to those who helped end the government shutdown,” Rohan said. “We are pleased that a legislative amendment that will guarantee that our troops will be paid during any future shutdown in 2018 was included in the bill that President Trump signed into law, although we think it should be permanent rather than limited to this year.

In the meantime, The American Legion encourages Congress and the White House to agree on a real budget and end the practice of continuing resolutions which make long-term planning for our military and our veterans unnecessarily difficult.

The Budget Control Act and defense spending cuts under the last nine years of continuing resolutions have done more harm to the readiness of our military than our nation’s enemies.

By not passing a budget, the Congress continues to waste large sums of taxpayer dollars. It’s time for this to stop.”

Media contacts: Joe Plenzler, (202) 263-5758,; John Raughter (317) 630-1253,




2018 Annual Department of Arizona Convention

Please watch for the official Call to Convention but in the meantime,

the information you’ll need to begin making your reservations will be contained on this page.


We are excited to announce American Legion Department of Arizona Annual Convention to be held at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass.  5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85226.

The Room Rate is $113.00 per night, tax and room gratuity inclusive.


  • Unlimited internet access
  • Two complimentary bottled waters in room
  • Local, long distance (domestic) and 1-800 guest room calls
  • Daily shuttles service to Phoenix Premium Outlet Mall and dining and sports venues
  • Complimentary self-parking

$20.00 per day extra is needed to use the Aji Spa Fitness Center

Reservation Cut-Off Date

The final date to secure accommodations at the contracted rate is May 30, 2018.   On that date, any additional reservations will be made based on availability of the resort. The resort will no longer be able to guarantee the contracted group rate after the cut-off date.


The 2018 Annual Department of Arizona Convention

Begins Thursday, June 21, 2018
at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass (not the casino)

A phone number contact will be available soon.  The web page below has a “Contact Us” link that will show “TBD” until a phone number is provided.

Book your Hotel room TODAY!
Click here:

Membership Renewals are flooding in!

Your Headquarters staff simply wishes to thank you all for renewing before the year is over. Many of you are not only renewing but helping to remind others, even though you may not be on the membership team. Your care for our programs DOES help others to see more of WHY they belong right along side of you.

The Department Adjutant also thanks those of you who anonymously paid dues for your Comrades in hardship and even some as loving gifts for hard working members who volunteer head and shoulders above many others.  Remember, what you do in secret to benefit others, our God sees, and will multiply.

Finally, speaking of volunteers.  Please remember to enlist volunteers from your community to help in some day-to-day Post activity.

Mainly because some of us have no business up a ladder to work up high.

Sincerely though, these folks may be your neighbors who are traveling miles away to volunteer for Veterans or children because they don’t know that they’re needed right there in their own neighborhood.

Please also remember to provide them with some sort of identification to show other members who encounter them.  Even though they may start to come and work every day and be recognized, one never knows when a stranger may walk in with questions and they’ll both feel better knowing that a Post Member is better for answers.

I’ve even heard some Commanders out there are issuing these dedicated volunteers formal written invitations as their Honored Guest to assist the Post Leadership in bringing them in for “Thank You” meals and festivities.

There are so many ways to say “Thanks” for belonging.  Either as a member or a community volunteer, when you work hard for our programs in Post and out in the neighborhood, more people will want to come close to help.

Some of them may even be eligible to join us as enrolled members.

Lets all just keep on serving our community. Membership will come.

Blessings to all and prayer filled thoughts for our men and women in harm’s way both near and far, in the air, and all the ships at sea.  Especially during our current family Holidays.  When they can’t be with theirs.

JROTC Donation Support Request

From a recent local request, approved for distribution.  While specific here, you may find information from your local High School JROTC Program for making a similar donation in your area.  Thank you for all that you do for Arizona youth.  Some here, may one day raise their right hand to serve our great Nation.  –Department Adjutant

Fellow Patriots,

I am reaching out to local patriotic organizations in order to communicate an opportunity that benefits both your members and local JROTC programs. The Arizona Tax Credit Program allows any Arizona taxpayer to donate up to $400 to a school of their choice in support of extracurricular programs and get their entire donation back in the form of a tax credit.  Although I gladly welcome all donations, there are other JROTC programs in the area that would welcome donations as well.


By spreading this message via e-mail, newsletters, flyers, and even mentioning at your meetings you can help your members earn a dollar for dollar credit on their Arizona state taxes, and a deduction on their Federal taxes while at the same time assisting JROTC organizations who are mostly funded by fundraising all year long.


The Arizona Tax Credit Program (A.R.S. 43-1089.01) allows any Arizona taxpayer to donate up to $400* to a school of their choice in support of extracurricular programs and get their entire donation back in the form of a tax credit.

Taxpayers who donate by April 15 can choose which calendar year they want to apply the credits. For example, a donation can be applied to either 2017 or 2018. *Individuals and couples filing jointly may take advantage of this tax credit. A maximum of $200 can be deducted per individual tax return; couples filing a joint return may deduct a maximum of $400.

Two options for the Tempe Union JROTC program are to mail in the donation, or an easier option is to donate online.


  1. Mail-in donation. Complete the attached flyer that is for the Tempe Union High School District JROTC. The check and form can be mailed in and a receipt will be mailed back. Please address to “JROTC” and I will personally deposit and mail back your receipt. Checks must have a phone number and be made out to JROTC. (Please be advised that our campus will be closed for 22 DEC 2017 to 8 JAN 2018, so if you mail in a check it will not be until the week that we return until it gets deposited and a receipt mailed back).


Marcos de Niza High School

6000 S. Lakeshore Dr.

Tempe, AZ 85283


  1. Online donations

Use this link for a donation to Tempe ;

Create an account

Select “Items at all schools” then select “high school” then last “Marcos de Niza High School”, select “Tax Credit Donations”

Scroll down to “ROTC” and enter donation amount and click “buy”, then checkout. You will be provided a receipt immediately.

Please contact me with any questions via e-mail and thank you for your support!!!!


MAJ (RET) Robert Fore Senior Army Instructor, JROTC Marcos de Niza High School Tempe, AZ O: 480.730.7685