BUFFALO SOLDIERS OF THE ARIZONA TERRITORY, MESA
BUFFALO SOLDIERS OF THE ARIZONA TERRITORY, MESA
Fred Marable is a Vietnam Veteran who served in the U.S. Army from 1973 - 1977. In 2005, he graduated from Eastern Arizona College Academy in Thatcher, Arizona as a Specialty Officer. In 2007 he co-founded the Buffalo Soldiers of the Arizona Territory - Ladies and Gentlemen of the Regiment in Mesa Arizona, with his wife of 22 years, Michelle London-Marable. Since 2007, he has participated in over 437 plus events educating people all around the state of Arizona about the significant contributions the Buffalo Soldiers have made to the United States and Arizona. In this capacity, he portrays Colonel Charles Young who was the third Black graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and served as a Buffalo Soldier from 1889 to 1922. In 2015, the Arizona Veteran's Hall of Fame desired to induct two Buffalo Soldiers from Arizona into the Hall of Fame, Corporal Isaiah Mays (Medal of Honor), 1858 - 1925 and Sergeant Benjamin Brown, (Medal of Honor), 1859 - 1910. Fred accepted the awards on their behalf and was himself inducted, in 2016, for his service in Vietnam and for his work surrounding the Buffalo Soldiers. During his professional career, Fred has been a driver and trainer for Valley Metro Transportation since 2007. In addition, he has served as a board member for the George Washington Carver Cultural Museum in Phoenix, AZ, and is a member of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce, Unified Arizona Veterans and Association of the United States Army - Arizona Territorial Chapter, Primary.
Michelle London joined Hughes Helicopter, AH-64 Apache and AH-64D Apache Longbow Helicopters in 1982 and later relocated to Mesa, Arizona in 1985. She remained with the company as it transitioned to McDonnell Douglas, and later moved to the Boeing Company where she retired in 2004 as a Configuration Logistics Analyst. She received an Associate of Arts degree in Business in 1995 and later received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 2003 from Western International University in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2000, she married her husband, Fred Marable. In 2007, she co-founded the Buffalo Soldiers of the Arizona Territory - Ladies and Gentlemen of the Regiment in Mesa, AZ. She participated in over 437 plus events educating people all around the state of Arizona about the significant contributions the Buffalo Soldiers have made to the United States and Arizona. In this capacity, she portrays the first Female Buffalo Soldier Cathy Williams, who enlisted under the name 'William Cathay', serving from 1866 - 1868. In 2016, the Arizona Veteran's Hall of Fame desired to induct a Buffalo Soldier from Arizona into the Veterans Hall of Fame, William McBryar (Medal of Honor), 1861 - 1941. Michelle was invited to accept the award on his behalf because of her work surrounding the Buffalo Soldiers. During Black History Month in 2016, she received the Harriet Tubman Female Humanitarian Award in recognition of her tireless efforts to promote and increase awareness of the Buffalo Soldiers legacy. In 1983 - 1985, Michelle was a Cub Scouts Den Leader in Inglewood, CA. Her son (AI III) receives a Football Scholarship as a defensive linebacker from University of Missouri, MO and she enjoyed the two bowl games: Holiday Bowl in San Diego, CA and Insight Bowl in Tucson, AZ. In 1994 - 1995 she participated in two theater productions "Mama, I Want to Sing" at the Black Theatre Troupe in Phoenix, AZ. She is currently a member of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, Unified Arizona Veterans and Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce.
Stanley H. Sebastian, Jr. graduated from New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology in 1990 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1992. During his military career, he worked as a laboratory technician and later received a commission as an officer specializing in Human Resources. He received his Master's Degree in Human Resource Management in 2003 from University of Phoenix and retired as a Major in January 2012. He became a member of the Buffalo Soldiers of the Arizona Territory - Ladies and Gentlemen of the Regiment, Mesa, Arizona in Fall 2012 bringing 20 years of experience in Drill and Ceremonies. His professional experience includes over 26 years of Human Resources Management in various industries including, Military, Banking, and Manufacturing with a primary focus on policy development and execution. He enjoys, movies, sports, music, video games, and riding his motorcycle as hobbies along with being a DJ during his free time. His wife of 28 years, Amoy, is also a member and they have 2 children Ari, 23 and Trey, 21 who are former members.
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Michael Goodwin joined PetSmart in June 2014 as senior vice president and chief information officer. He has more than 30 years of information technology experience, most recently serving as senior vice president and chief information officer of Technology and Business Enablement at Hallmark. Michael began his career at Hallmark as information technology analyst in 1990 and has held positions of increasing responsibility, including Director of IT Service Delivery, IT Business Development Director of Creative Product Development and Supply Chain Operations, culminating with his promotion to SVP and CIO in 2006 responsible for global IT services. Prior to joining Hallmark Cards, he served as an officer in the United States Army. Mike is a member of the Board of Director for Burlington Stores. He earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.
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