Dave Sitton, a true friend of our Servicemen | Community Spirit
This week Tucson lost a great friend. We lost not just a great friend but a strong advocate for our local Servicemen. Dave Sitton has been a great supporter of our Tucson military and spoke out of his respect for them on many occasions. Like many of us, I was not prepared for Dave’s passing on Monday. He is such an integral part of Tucson; it really seems unfathomable… even still.
Dave’s support for our military was extensive. He was so proud to be the Honorary Commander of the 55th Rescue Squadron on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. With the 55th RQS, he was family. He attended special events, has a personalized mug there on the shelf and was a friend to all of the Airmen. Dave and the UofA Rugby team would be there for all of the Squadron’s deployments to wish them safely off. He was so proud to have the Squadron’s patch as part of his Rugby team’s uniforms, especially on the ESPN televised games. He was a member of the DM-50 and a great supporter of the Military Affairs Committee of the Tucson Metro Chamber. Dave had a special and invested interest in those that serve for our U.S. Marine Corp and U.S. Air Force. And he was so proud to talk of them and with them on his weekly American Warrior radio show.
I was extremely honored to be invited to share of some of the Military Affairs Committee’s accomplishments on the American Warrior radio show. When he had asked me to come back on for other occasions, I was ecstatic! It was just pure fun to be able to hear Dave talk of our military. His love and respect for our guys and gals is huge. It was a pleasure to serve on some of our local committee’s and to see Dave at various events.
Dave, thank you for all you’ve shared with Tucson and with our servicemen. Thank you for your friendship and for all you’ve taught me. You were a presence to be reckoned with… it still is even with the huge void we are all feeling right now.