Salute to Service – 2018 events

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2018 Salute to Service Events

"Enduring Vietnam" by Dr. James Wright
Tempe campus

"Enduring Vietnam: An American Generation and Its War," a talk by James Wright, Dartmouth College president emeritus and Eleazar Wheelock Professor of History, detailed the vivid experiences and memories of those who lived through the Vietnam War. A veteran and author of several books, Wright shared his distinguished perspective on the baby boomers and their experience serving in and coming home from an unpopular war. His insight reminds us why and how we need to understand and share in their memory.

"Common Grounds" by Richard "Rick" Romley
West campus

ASU alumnus Richard “Rick” Romley honored his alma mater by speaking on his lifetime of inspiring service, from sustaining severe injuries as a combat infantry squad leader in the Marine Corps in Vietnam to serving the community as the Maricopa County attorney for fifteen years.

Showdown on the Rez
Off campus

Sun Devils gathered to watch coach Charli Turner Thorne and the women’s basketball team take on Baylor University in a once-in-a-lifetime game at the historically rich Fort Defiance. The event included food, drawings and special recognition of our military veteran alumni.

In Memoriam, a Program for Veterans Day
Tempe campus

On the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, Goldman Professor of Organ Kimberly Marshall presented a program of organ music from five centuries to commemorate the sacrifices made in such an impactful war.

Changemaker Food Drive for Soldiers
West campus

Changemaker Central hosted a week-long food drive to support active duty military members who are currently deployed. In an effort to provide soldiers with some of the creature comforts of home, donations included snack foods such as candy, chips and cookies.

Sun Devil Football vs. UCLA
Tempe campus

The Sun Devils took on the UCLA Bruins for the 2018 Salute to Service and Senior Day football game. The Black Daggers, the volunteer-based U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demo Team, kicked off the festivities by jumping into the stadium. The senior class also took Frank Kush Field for the final time in their collegiate careers, and a variety of military recognitions took place throughout the game.

Sparky's Touchdown Tailgate — ASU vs. UCLA
Tempe campus

Sparky’s Touchdown Tailgate before the 2018 Salute to Service football game included giant Jenga and Connect 4, inflatable games, photo booths, airbrush tattoos, giveaways, and a Sun Devil Marketplace street sale. Notable Sun Devils, including Sparky himself, mingled with current students and families to raise spirit for a great game.

US Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demo Team — The Black Daggers
Tempe campus

The Black Daggers, U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demo Team composed entirely of volunteers from the Army Special Operations Community, jumped into Sun Devil Stadium as part of the Salute to Service pregame show. The Black Daggers represent the professionalism and dedication of U.S. Army Special Operations forces and perform aerial demonstrations in support of U.S. Army Special Operations Command community outreach and recruiting efforts.

Native American Heritage Festival featuring the 18th Annual Veterans Day Weekend Traditional Pow Wow
West campus

The Native American Heritage Festival, featuring the 18th Annual Veterans Day Weekend Traditional Pow Wow, celebrated Native American heritage and honored the contributions of all U.S. veterans. Festivities included traditional music and dancing, food trucks, art demonstrations, and a recognition of veterans.

Salute to Service BBQ
Tempe campus

The Salute to Service BBQ is a partnership of outstanding student organizations (Residence Hall Association, Undergraduate Student Government, National Residence Hall Honorary and Programming and Activities Board) to recognize, honor and support U.S. service members, veterans and their families.

"Climate Change and its Effect on Global and National Security" by Leendert Hering
Tempe campus

Leendert “Len” Hering, Sr., former Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy and prominent military and civilian sustainability expert, spoke on the robust policies needed to reduce the scope and scale of climate change to avoid unmanageable or unpredictable threats. This nonpartisan approach is rooted in fundamental national security approaches to threat reduction, based upon concerns raised by the U.S. national security and intelligence communities.

Annual Celebration and Reception for ASU Active Duty Military and Veteran Faculty and Staff
Tempe campus

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Pat Tillman Veterans Center and the Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagement hosted a reception for all active duty and veteran students, faculty and staff for their dedication. The event included talks from Col. Wanda Wright, director of the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, and Brig. Gen. Richard Gregg Maxon, judge pro tem of East Valley Regional Veterans Treatment Court, as well as a giveaway and a display of photos from the Veteran Vision Project.

Panel Discussion: Defining Service in the 21st Century
Tempe campus

Moderated by Brett Hunt, executive director of the ASU Public Service Academy, Arizona military senior enlisted advisers defined the nature of what it means to serve in the military today and why that service and sacrifice matters to our nation at this pivotal moment in our country’s history.

Panel Discussion: U.S. Military — The Changing Character of Conflict
Tempe campus

Moderated by Benjamin Freakley, retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. and special advisor to President Crow, a panel of military leaders discussed how the character of conflict is changing and how active duty military, reserve and National Guard service members respond to challenges and changes in today's environment.

Salute to Service Fitness Challenge — Tempe
Tempe campus

Sun Devils participated in a fitness challenge on the Tempe campus to honor veterans. Festivities included refreshments and mingling with students and veterans.

Salute to Service Fitness Challenge — Polytechnic
Polytechnic campus

Sun Devils participated in a fitness challenge on the Polytechnic campus to honor veterans. Festivities included refreshments and mingling with students and veterans.

Salute to Service Fitness Challenge — West
West campus

Sun Devils participated in a fitness challenge on the West campus to honor veterans. Festivities included refreshments and mingling with students and veterans.

Salute to Service Fitness Challenge — Downtown Phoenix
Downtown Phoenix campus

Sun Devils participated in a fitness challenge on the Downtown Phoenix campus to honor veterans. Festivities included refreshments and mingling with students and veterans.

"First Impressions Are Everything" — Interview Prep for Veterans at Downtown Phoenix
Downtown Phoenix campus

ASU Career and Professional Development Services partnered with employers to provide ASU military and veteran-affiliated students an opportunity to practice interview skills, gain valuable insight into industry interview trends and connect with industry representatives in a lightning interview setting on the Downtown Phoenix campus.

"First Impressions Are Everything" — Interview Prep for Veterans at West
West campus

ASU Career and Professional Development Services partnered with employers to provide ASU military and veteran-affiliated students an opportunity to practice interview skills, gain valuable insight into industry interview trends and connect with industry representatives in a lightning interview setting on the West campus.

Reading of the Names and Symphonic Carillon Concert
Tempe campus

In an annual tradition on the steps of Old Main, the ASU Veterans Alumni Chapter and the ASU Carillon Society read the names of the 137 ASU Fallen, who died in service to our country. The ceremony was followed by a concert presented by university carillonneurs William Swayze and Kevin Snow.

Military Letter Writing Campaign
Downtown Phoenix campus

Sun Devils came together to show appreciation for our military and veteran community by writing letters to the groups of people serving our country.

Film screening: "This is War. This is What We Do."
Tempe campus

After a screening of episode five of the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick PBS documentary “The Vietnam War,” Dennis Stout and other members of the Winter Soldier Chapter of Veterans for Peace in Phoenix led a discussion of the film and Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler’s 1935 book, “War is a Racket.”

"First Impressions Are Everything" — Interview Prep for Veterans at Tempe
Tempe campus

ASU Career and Professional Development Services partnered with employers to provide ASU military and veteran-affiliated students an opportunity to practice interview skills, gain valuable insight into industry interview trends and connect with industry representatives in a lightning interview setting on the Tempe campus.

"First Impressions Are Everything" — Interview Prep for Veterans at Polytechnic
Polytechnic campus

ASU Career and Professional Development Services partnered with employers to provide ASU military and veteran-affiliated students an opportunity to practice interview skills, gain valuable insight into industry interview trends and connect with industry representatives in a lightning interview setting on the Polytechnic campus.

Sun Devil Men's Basketball vs. Cal State Fullerton
Tempe campus

Head coach Bob Hurley led the Sun Devils to tipoff the 2018–19 basketball season in the annual Salute to Service game against former assistant coach Dedrique Taylor and the California State University, Fullerton Titans.

"Sustainability in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers" by Karen Baker
Tempe campus

Karen Baker, leader of the Army team that authored the federal government’s first sustainability strategy, discussed the Army Corps’ recent successes in energy efficiency, water conservation, and sustainable acquisition, and how such sustainable principles are important to national security.

Salute to Service Veteran Lunch
Downtown Phoenix campus

To celebrate veteran students, faculty and staff, members of the ASU community connected on the Downtown Phoenix campus to enjoy a relaxed lunch and mingling opportunity.

Dean's Cup Flag Football Tournament
Tempe campus

A team of students from the Pat Tillman Veterans Center beat out three ROTC units for the coveted Dean’s Cup in the annual flag football tournament in Sun Devil Stadium.

"NFL Star to Army Ranger" — A Closer Look at the Life of Pat Tillman
Off campus

Four special guests recounted the life of late ASU alumnus Pat Tillman— Frank Ugenti, who spoke on growing up with Tillman; Danny Pritchard, who served in the Army with Tillman; Professor Andrew Barnes, who detailed Tillman’s appetite for historical inquiry; and Dr. Karen Gallagher, who underscored Tillman’s legacy of service and scholarship for Tillman Scholars.

Film Screening: "From Shock to Awe"
Off campus

A screening of the award-winning documentary “From Shock to Awe,” which explores experimental treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder with non-pharmaceutical drugs, was provided by the Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagement. The film was followed by a panel discussion featuring experts on research and treatment of PTSD, combat veterans featured in the film, and one of the film’s producers.

Exhibits and displays

Portraits of Courage at the Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park
Oct. 19 – Dec. 29, 2018
This exhibit brings together 66 full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President George W. Bush of 98 service members and veterans who have served our nation with honor since 9/11.
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Remembering Our Fallen From Arizona
A traveling photo memorial of Arizona fallen displayed in the Fletcher Library at the West campus, third floor.

US Military Branch Flag Displays
In celebration of Salute to Service, the university features a display of each branch's flag or seal on each campus.

Veteran Vision Project
Created by Arizona State University alumnus and photographer Devin Mitchell, this project captures the striking diversity of veterans and their unique experiences in uniform as well as their lives after military service. This year Mitchell focused on military veterans and people who have served in the Peace Corps and how national service inspires continuing, lifelong service.

Nov. 15 – 23 – West campus, Fletcher Library

Community events

Heropreneur National Veteran Business Summit

Tempe Veterans Day Parade

East Valley Veterans Day Parade

Phoenix Veterans Day Parade