“For over half my life, I have had the privilege to serve as a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier, a deputy sheriff and U.S. surgeon general,” Carmona says. “Now I have the honor of working with a great team in order to honor all of our fellow military and first responder colleagues who serve selflessly every day to ensure that our nation and communities are always safe.”
Carmona is a Special Forces, combat-decorated Vietnam veteran, the surgeon who established the first trauma system in southern Arizona, and a nationally recognized SWAT expert and decorated law enforcement officer awarded the National Top Cop Award, the National SWAT Officer of the Year and the National Tactical EMS Award. After completing his four-year term as Surgeon General in 2006, Carmona joined Tucson-based Canyon Ranch as vice chairman. He is president of the non-profit Canyon Ranch Institute, Distinguished Professor at the University of Arizona and Distinguished Professor at The Ohio State University.
Southern Arizona has a population of more than 400,000 (roughly 20%) veterans, active military, and first responders. These men and women, fallen and living, had and have a critical role in both past and present conflicts in America. Despite their sacrifices, these same individuals often have not received the recognition they deserve. The Memorial will be a hallowed place to honor them.
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