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City of Goodyear, Arizona

Communications Office


For Immediate Release: June 21, 2010


Quilts of Valor presented to Luke's Wounded Warriors


GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (June 21, 2010)  Goodyear Vice Mayor Georgia Lord recently visited Washington, D.C. as a delegate with Greater Phoenix Economic Council, along with Gov. Jan Brewer, mayors from many Valley cities, officials and business leaders.


Lord and her colleagues met with top military officials to promote Luke Air Force Base and Arizona's bid for the F-35. In addition to the unparalleled weapons training on the 2.7 million-acre Barry M. Goldwater Range, safe practice zones for pilots, and great flying weather, much discussion centered on the warm relationship with the surrounding civilian community "outside the fence." As the wife of a now-retired Air Force officer, Lord said she understood how important that can be, and was honored to learn of the military community's gratitude for the support of Goodyear's neighbors here in the West Valley.


The "Quilts of Valor" project is one of the most poignant examples of the warm relationships that have developed between those stationed at Luke and the community "outside the fence," Lord said after learning that members of the Estrella Mountain Quilters, a chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild, recently presented more than a dozen hand-sewn quilts to the Wounded Warriors of Luke Air Force Base. The quilters, who meet several times a week in a craft room at PebbleCreek, created a collection of quilts with patriotic designs. After a member read about Lord's experience in Washington, the group decided to present each of Luke's Wounded Warriors with one of these quilts--perhaps one of the warmest possible expressions of appreciation.


Soon the location for the F-35 will be announced. In the meantime, Lord said she hopes the community will continue to do everything possible, as civilians "outside the fence," to cultivate and build upon this "warm" relationship with the military families of Luke AFB. 








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