The World Meets in San Diego!

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

March 2011. One of the privileges I had while serving as an Assistant Professor in the International Security Studies Department at the Air War College (AWC) was to be involved with the International Fellows program. This program brought 45 senior officers from 44 countries around the world to study for a year at the Air War College, gaining the same insights and enriching the understanding of national- and global-level strategy for peace, response to unrest, and joint/combined military and diplomatic operations. it was the most memorable part of my assignment! Continue reading

A Chilly Week in NE Arizona

by Carl

February 2018. A few times a year I have the opportunity to travel to some of the Arizona Native American Reservations to provide training.  This past week I have the privilege of spending the week teaching at Whiteriver Indian Hospital, about a 20-minute drive south from my hotel in Pinetop. As you can see from the title image, there was just a bit of that white stuff laying and blowing around–the snow that those of us who live in the AZ Central Valley don’t get at our residences. Continue reading

You Gotta Try This Place!

by Carl
Over a four week period in January and February, I attended the Women in Business leadership Speaker Series that was presented by the Tempe Chamber of Commerce. In my other Blog, I highlighted to speakers and their presentations–each Wednesday a new article comes available.

Here, however, I want to share something else that was AMAZING during the event. Some of the breakfasts were catered by Sweetest Season Bakery Cafe in Tempe, AZ. The business is owned by former Tempe Chamber of Commerce VP Melody Elkin and her husband and has been open since December 2016.

Sweetest Season Bakery Cafe offers breakfast and lunch, meeting trays and coffee, and specialty gifts and baskets. They got their start building their authentic “Mom & Pop Dream” by gaining fans at farmers markets in the Phoenix metro area. The key to success? A creative menu using fresh, seasonal ingredients, in a scratch kitchen!
Please enjoy the slideshow of all the wonderful breakfast foods that Melody provided for the event on February 16th:

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Thanks, Melody, for a fantastic culinary experience!

Are you interested in learning more about this wonderful bakery cafe? Here are the details on how to contact, follow, and enjoy in-person the experience called Sweetest Season Bakery Cafe!

Location: 1870 E. Apache Blvd. Tempe, AZ 85281

Phone: 480.420.0364

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Great Landscape, Great People!

by Carl

February 13, 2018, outside Page, AZ. This week, I have the privilege of providing training to employees at the Salt River Project’s Navajo Generation Plant (SRP NGS). I feel blessed to be able to spend time now and then with our Native American populations in Arizona–they are a proud people with centuries of proud and interesting heritage…and I have the opportunity to learn more about these wonderful people with every trip.  Continue reading

Visiting Ghosts…

By Carl

December 2017. A few miles east of Apache Junction, 40-minutes or so east of Phoenix, AZ, is an area of history that many people may have seen on TV without knowing it (especially if you love those old Western movies and TV series). You likely did not know that this same area was adapted for and called various town names through the years.  Continue reading

A Trip to the Pony Express

By Carl

December 2017. Fall and winter. Some of the best months of the year in Arizona, where the desert nights are cold but the days are moderate and warm. This year, my daughter and granddaughter from Alabama spent a week with us at Christmastime. It was the first time they had visited Arizona and had the opportunity to see some of the sites. It was a week of fun that went by all too quickly… Continue reading

A Day in Bisbee, AZ

Carl Forkner

February 2013. One of the things we enjoy is going on day trips–or trips that include just one night’s stay–to explore some of the history and beauty of the area around where we live. One such place is the little town of Bisbee, AZ, known for a few important things: The Lavender Pit, the retro 60’s/70’s environment, and the best biscuits and gravy you will ever eat… Continue reading

A Short Stop in Willcox, AZ

Carl Forkner

Willcox, AZ is a small town about an hour and 20 minutes east of Tucson at mile marker 340 on Interstate 10. One of the allures to Willcox is the small wineries in town–friendly and tasteful, a BBQ restaurant in a train car, and a western museum. It makes for a nice day trip or day stop along your travels in Southern Arizona.  Continue reading