2017 BUC Joel E. Baldwin Award Recipient

CDR Carl B. Forkner, Ph.D., USN(Ret)

BUC Joel Egan BaldwinEach year, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee (TCC MAC) recognizes exceptional service members and students with awards and scholarships. One of those annual awards is the BUC Joel E. Baldwin Memorial Award, named for Chief Builder (BUC) Joel Egan Baldwin, USN, who was serving in Mosul, Iraq, when he was killed in a 2004 attack on the base. The award is given to a deserving SeaBee in honor of Chief Baldwin.

May 10, 2017. This year’s recipient of the BUC Joel E. Baldwin Award was Constructionman Second Class (CM2) Joseph Vincent Flores, USNR. CM2 Flores is an up-and-coming leader who demonstrated the technical expertise and leadership qualities embodied by this award. He was accompanied to the ceremony by his family and the Officer in Charge, Navy Operational Support Center, Phoenix, AZ.

Please enjoy photographs from the ceremony in the slideshow below:

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** CONGRATULATIONS to CM2 Flores for his outstanding achievement and selfless military service! **


The Military Affairs Committee (MAC) of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce was formed more than 30 years ago to honor outstanding military members of the Arizona Guard and Reserve units. We are privileged to have members that are dedicated to honoring our military members in a dignifies manner. We appreciate and thank all of our military personnel currently serving both at home and abroad.

We are a diverse group of management level people who have shown success in 20170704_174008-1-1professional or civic life. Membership is comprised of independent business professionals, college professors, engineers, developers, attorneys, Certified Public Accountants, medical doctors, school and city administrators, and retired and active military personnel.

Each month the MAC conducts luncheons during which the organization presents awards to outstanding officers and enlisted personnel as selected by their units. Several of these awards are in memory of local military personnel across all ranks and services who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.


For an application or more information on the MAC, please contact Natalie Cole, Tempe Chamber of Commerce, at nataliecole@tempechamber.org or 480.736.4281

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