The Military Order of the World Wars

Chapter 131, West Valley, Arizona

What We Do

Monthly Meetings

The chapter holds monthly meetings from October through May on the second Saturday of each month.  The meeting includes breakfast, introduction of guests, the MOWW Preamble, updates on outreach programs, chapter business, and featured guest speakers.

AZYLC JROTC Cadet Addresses Meeting

AZYLC JROTC Award

Massing of the Colors and Service of Remembrance

Massing of the Colors (and Service of Remembrance) is a patriotic ceremony to honor the American Flag and those who have served our country in the armed services.  It's also a time to rededicate faith in our nation and to express our gratitude for all who have served or currently serving.  Color guard units, distinguished guests, and guest speakers are all on hand to honor our servicemen and women.

Cadets and Family at Meeting

Massing of the Colors is free event open to the general public. Many local patriotic organizations participate in displaying their flags.  These include active duty, reserve, and National Guard units, ROTC and JROTC units, veteran groups, and other MOWW chapters.

Massing of the Colors

Patriotic music abounds with a live band playing at various times throughout the program.  At the end of the program, a bugler to plays "Taps" to honor fallen service members.

Massing of the Colors

Our 2017 Massing of the Colors took place on February 8th at The Colonnade, La Vita Auditorium in Surprise, Arizona.  The ceremony featured 38 flag bearing units from throughout the state.  Distinguished guests included special guest speaker Mr. Quang Nguyen. Mr. Nguyen immigrated from Vietnam in 1975.  He will share his experiences and what America means to him. Our 2018 MOC will be conducted on Wednesday, 28 February 2018.  Please click below for more information.

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Massing of the Colors

Youth Leadership

We support 17 high school JROTC units in the Phoenix West Valley.  We also support  AFROTC and AROTC units at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona.  At the schools' spring awards ceremonies, our members present and honor cadets with medals and certificates.

Secretary of State

Our chapter also raises money through the AZ Tax Credit Program to sponsor JROTC cadets to the Arizona Youth Leadership Conference (AZYLC) held each summer.

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Click For Arizona Youth Leadership Conference

Massing of the Colors

After the cadets have attended, we invite them and their families to be our special guests at one of our monthly meetings.  This gives each cadet an opportunity to practice public speaking and for the Chapter to offer continued support and encouragement.

Drill Team at Massing of the Colors

Donations

The best way to provide financial support for cadets is through the Arizona Tax Credit program (one click takes you to www.azdor.gov).  This should be done no later than mid-December to assure that the school receives the check before their December break.  The Tax Form is also available at this site.  The form must accompany your check to the school of your choice. See below for a listing of schools.

Color Guard at the Massing of the Colors

Get More Information from Arizona Department of Revenue

Please contact the chapter coordinator, Michael "Buz" Isban, to inform him of your gift (school and amount) or if you have any questions. Buz can be reached at 623-561-8159, or by email (buzisban@cox.net) . A follow-up letter is sent to the school from the chapter reminding the school to acknowledge your gift in writing.

AZYLC Students

Click For AZYLC AZ Tax Credit Introductory Letter

Click For AZYLC AZ Tax Credit Information Sheet

Click For AZ JROTC Schools Supported By AZYLC

Click For AZYLC Tax Credit Donation Form

Click For Sample AZ 322 Contribution Form

We Support The Following 17 JROTC School Programs Through The AZ Tax Credit Program:

For the purpose of sending your donation through the AZ Tax Credit program, please use the following school addresses:

Apollo High School NJROTC
Attn: NJROTC Instructor
8045 N. 47th Ave
Glendale, AZ 85302-6499

Buckeye Union High School AFJROTC
Attn: AFROTC Instructor)
1000 E. Narramore Ave
Buckeye, AZ 85326

Cactus High School AFJROTC
Attn: AFROTC Instructor
6330 W. Greenway Road
Glendale, AZ 85306-3204

Cortez High School NJROTC
Attn: NJROTC Instructor
8828 N. 31st Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85051

Glendale High School NJROTC
Attn: NJROTC Instructor
6216 W. Glendale Ave
Glendale, AZ 85301-2397

Greenway High School NJROTC
Attn: NJROTC Instructor
3930 W. Greenway Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85023

Independence High School NJROTC
Attn: NJROTC Instructor
6602 N. 75th Ave
Glendale, AZ 85303

Moon Valley High School NJROTC
Attn: NJROTC Instructor
3625 W. Cactus Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85029-3198

Peoria High School AFJROTC
Attn: AFROTC Instructor
11200 N. 83rd Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345-3296

Sandra Day O’Connor High School AFJROTC
Attn: AFROTC Instructor
25250 N. 35th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85083

Sunnyslope High School AFJROTC
Attn: AFROTC Instructor
35 W. Dunlap
Phoenix, AZ 85021-3591

Thunderbird High School NJROTC
Attn: NJROTC Instructor
1750 W. Thunderbird
Phoenix, AZ 85023-6399

We support the AROTC and AFROTC units of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ with awards recognition.

We Work With Other Valley Veterans' Organizations

North West Valley Veterans' Association

Along with more than a dozen veterans' organizations, we support such association events as Memorial Day, Veterans' Day and Flag Retirement Ceremonies.

Memorial Day 2015

Memorial Day 2015