Each month, presenting sponsor Sanderson Ford, together with 550 KFYI, will show our appreciation by recognizing someone in active military service. A winning hero will receive recognition via digital billboard courtesy of Clear Channel Outdoor, and each winner is entered to win a 2012 Ford F-150 SuperCab XLT courtesy of Sanderson Ford. This program is possible with the generous contributions from Sanderson Ford and supporting sponsor, Rio Salado College.
We're taking nominees each month for My Military Hero, you can nominate a friend or loved one here.
Fill Out the Online Nomination Form HERE or Mail your Nomination to:
KFYI My Military Hero
Attn: Tarah Oliver
4686 E. Van Buren St., Suite #300
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Contest is open to all active military personnel, 18 or older and reside in the stations Total Survey Area. Only one nomination per military personnel per month. One grand prize winner will be selected from all 12 monthly winners. Contest ends on or about July 13, 2013.
Samantha, a Phoenix native and graduate of Cortez High School, enlisted in the US Navy after receiving her Associates Degree from Glendale Community College in May 2004. After receiving her basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Training facility in IL she was assigned to the USS Gonzalez, a guided missile destroyer, out of Norfolk, VA. On Samantha's first deployment, the mission was to patrol the Persian Gulf, off the coast of Somalia and the Gulf of Arden. During this deployment, she worked as a deck hand and during a ship shooting competition became one of the ship's top guns and was moved into the ship's armory to become a Gunners Mate. Upon completion of the NAU online Bachelor's Degree program in 2009 Samantha petitioned the US Navy Officer's Candidate School (OCS) for admission. In May 2010 Sam graduated from the US Navy OCS as a Surface Warfare Officer Ensign and assigned to the USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, stationed in San Diego, CA. In 2011 the USS Boxer, USS Comstock, USS Greenbay, and The US Marine 13th Expeditionary Unit were deployed to patrol in the Arabian Sea, Horn of Africa and work with US Allied nations in ridding the area of maritime pirates. Samantha is again preparing for a third deployment this year to patrol the waters of the Middle East. She is currently a Lieutenant Junior Grade looking forward to going to the US NAVAL Post Graduate School for her master's degree so she can achieve her ultimate goal of ship captain and possibly reaching a flag officer position. She is also a single mother of a 6 year old daughter, who lives with her grandparents in Phoenix. Samantha flies back and forth to spend as much time as she can with her daughter. It's a demanding job, but worth it for preserving everyone's freedoms.
* For a complete set of rules send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: My Military Hero 4686 East Van Buren St., Suite #300, Phoenix, AZ 85008.