Mayor Georgia Lord
My husband, retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Ronald Lord, traveled around the world on various assignments for almost 30 years, and I was alongside him more often than not. We frequently discuss our memories from each station we lived at, and both he and I never would have predicted our lives would cross paths with individuals that I coincidentally interact with today as mayor.
This past June was no different. A special family friend made his way back to the West Valley to accept the responsibilities of Luke Air Force Base. Brigadier General Todd D. Canterbury took command of the 56th Fighter Wing to carry out the mission to build the future of airpower, and to lead the Air Force in developing and training fighter pilots.
Brig. Gen. Canterbury is very familiar with the base and his new role – not only because of his Arizona roots and military background, but because his father, retired Major General Henry D. Canterbury, also served as commander at Luke Air Force Base.
The father-son legacy is a first for the base, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to represent Goodyear on the Luke West Valley Council, a regional effort to promote its success, during this historic transition of command.
It is because of Major General Canterbury and his wife Lyn that Colonel Lord and I decided to retire in Arizona following a visit to their home. We immediately fell in love with the Valley of the Sun and specifically the city of Goodyear. Our longstanding friendship began while my husband served at the Pentagon at the same time as Major General Canterbury, and we continue to remain friends to this day. As former neighbors, Lyn and I became tennis partners for many years and hosted each other for family nights, where the adolescent Brig. Gen. Canterbury would socialize with my three daughters and son.
I am honored to represent a city that is supportive of the Luke Air Force Base mission, and I am eternally thankful for the service of our veterans, the men and women currently dedicating their lives to our country each day, and for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while in the line of duty. Additionally, the families of our active, retired and fallen military men and women deserve recognition for their commitment to their loved ones and their chosen career – it is a service in itself.
I sincerely hope you join us for our Veterans Day Tribute on Nov. 11 at Goodyear Ballpark to show appreciation for our service members and stay to enjoy complimentary barbecue.