OUR STORIES- Always Ready, Always There: Stories from the Arizona Army National Guard
Arizona Army National Guard members have served at home and abroad for over 150 years. This presentation features unique stories of Arizona National Guard members. Young men of the O’odham and Maricopa Indians helped originate the National Guard as scouts against the Apache Indians in the late 1860s. Activities of the National Guard from the early 1900s are revealed through the story of Tempe’s Cresencio “Chris” Sigala, who later served the city of Tempe as constable, assistant fire chief, as well as a leader for Hispanic civil rights. Turning to contemporary times, Rose Mattie, a native of Minnesota, joined the Arizona Army National Guard as a Mechanic and then CBRN Specialist. She was deployed to Iraq two times between 2003 and 2010. In 2011 Rose was assigned to an elite all-women’s team in support of the Green Berets in Afghanistan. She is now a part-time Blackhawk Pilot for the National Guard.