Salute to Service 2023
Show our support for all who serve
Individuals who volunteer to serve in our country’s military or in the communities they live in are often motivated by a strong desire to help, protect and give back to others. Arizona State University honors all these men and women who put service above self in both their professional and personal lives. That is what our Salute to Service week is all about. Come celebrate with us and thank them for their sacrifices.
Proud to highlight
Elizabeth Baer is a US Air Force Veteran and a student in Thunderbird's Accelerated Master of Global Management program. She thinks that Thunderbird is a great environment for veterans because it accepts military funding and is a place to get to know other veterans and yourself a little better.
Hien (HT) Tran
Hien (HT) Tran is a US Army Veteran and a graduate student in Thunderbird's Master of Applied Leadership & Management program. He recommends this program to veterans because of the support that he received from ASU's Pat Tillman Center.
Cliff Vellucci | retired Marine Corp
2012 graduate, education major
Cliff Vellucci joined the Marine Corps at 18 years old, and after 25 years of service and a successful career he retired in 2007 and began his transition to civilian life. The transition wasn’t as easy as Cliff anticipated and he decided he needed something more. Which is why he returned to higher education to earn an education degree at Arizona State University.
During his time in the Marine Corps, Cliff had a passion for teaching and mentoring. He felt like he could be a good influence on kids and could encourage them to see that “their future could be something more than maybe what they see at the time.”
Now, as an assistant principal in an elementary school in Phoenix, Cliff continues his lifelong commitment to serve his community and has empowered himself to be a difference maker, while pursuing his passion of working with kids.