Nov 06 2012
Not all veterans are inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame — and those who are added are more than just ordinary veterans. They served their country honorably, and then after retirement from the service, they continued to serve. This seems to be a trend with the dedicated, selfless members who make up the MOAA chapter system.
Bennett “Tom” Dingwall and Robert Strain, both of Sierra Vista, Arizona, are the newest inductees into the Veterans Hall of Fame in Arizona, and both belong to the Coronado Chapter of MOAA.
In addition to being a member of the MOAA Coronado chapter, Dingwall also belongs to numerous other veterans and civilian organizations, including but not limited to:
“…life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars; AL; DAV; Military Order of the Purple Heart; AMVETS Department second vice commander, and MOPH adjutant and finance officer.
Some of his civic activities and contributions are: current president, Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery Foundation; active Mason; and founding member of the Greater Sierra Vista United Veterans Council.”
Strain not only volunteered in his community, he also served as mayor of Sierra Vista, AZ “…not just to help the veterans in the area but also to help everybody.” His achievements went far beyond the battlefield into the town he lived in, including advocacy work as a “member of the Greater Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee; Upper San Pedro Partnership chairman; Partnership Advisory Commission; Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation; and Military Officers Association of America.”
Veterans like Tom Dingwall and Robert Strain are exemplary men of service, and a great role model for the MOAA chapter community.
Read more about these men and other Sierra Vista inductees in the Fort Huachuca Scout, “Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Inducts Three Sierra Vista Residents.” Then lead by example yourself – find and join your local MOAA chapter!
Photo of Bennett “Tom” Dingwall via the Fort Huachuca Scout.