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17th U.S. Surgeon General is Memorial Honorary Chair

Updated: Sep 30, 2021

For the 17th Surgeon General of the United States Dr. Richard H. Carmona, serving as the Honorary Chair of the Arizona Heroes Memorial, honors the people and experiences he knows firsthand.

“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.

The Arizona Heroes Memorial is pleased to count Carmona among its most ardent supporters.

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The Arizona Heroes Memorial will be Arizona's only Living Memorial dedicated to the service of our brave man and women, past and present, who have dedicated their lives to serving their country and community through their service in the military, the healthcare industry, or as a firs responder.

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