Ramón Valadez has been an unwavering supporter of our local military facilities, and is currently a Commissioner on the Arizona Military Affairs Commission having been appointed to this position by the Governor of Arizona. As he has done since 1996, with his being elected to the Arizona House of Representatives and the Arizona State Senate, and then in 2003, when he became a member of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, he has continued to work diligently and effectively to protect and expand the critical missions of Davis Monthan Air Force Base and the Arizona Air National Guard. Throughout his service as an elected official, he has been a strong advocate and champion of our local military installations and the affairs of each facility. As a County Supervisor, he is most proud to represent the areas encompassing Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and the Arizona Air National Guard 162nd Fighter Wing, which are both physically located within Supervisorial District 2. He fully recognizes the significant economic impact that the military has on our community, and its importance in being a support resource for the many thousands of current active duty and retired military personnel residing in Pima County, not to mention the thousands of civilian employees. In recognition of his continued support of the critical mission of Davis Monthan, he has been named as an Honorary Commander Alumnus for the 355 EMS Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and as a member of the 162nd Air Guardians, which are key appointments based upon his stellar support for these important Air Force military facilities located in District 2. He has also served as a member of Davis-Monthan Tucson Valley Council which meets with the Base Commander to discuss relevant issues designed to promote greater cooperation with the military, local governmental entities, the local business sector and the community at-large.
During his tenure on the Pima County Board of Supervisors, Ramón Valadez played a very key role in securing funding for the establishment of the Pima County Kino Veteran’s Workforce Center. This center assists more than 400 veterans per month, including many who have served at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, helping then secure jobs as they transition into civilian life from military service. At this center, they receive employment/occupational training, secure support services/benefits and it assists and works directly with local employers in the hiring of military veterans.
He has also personally been a sponsor of the Legion Riders of American Legion Yoeme Post 125, headquartered on the reservation of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, where he has provided these dedicated veterans with financial support and assistance enabling them to secure United States flags which are then used to honor and accompany fallen American heroes as they are taken to their final place of rest.