The Value of Veterans – Arizona’s Large Population of Military Vets Provides Economic Prowess and Promise

Nearly 9 percent of Arizona residents served in the military. That’s a large number — and one that has an impact on our culture, workforce and future. Learn more about veteran networks and organizations in Arizona — and why one large statewide company employs and supports them.

Retired Rear Admiral Hal Pittman, director of military and veteran engagement at Arizona Public Service, held some of the top public affairs positions in the U.S. military. He joins us today to discuss those experiences, the value of veterans in our community and the bright future they promise our state.

Arizona Public Service generates clean, reliable and affordable energy for 2.7 million Arizonans. Our service territory stretches across the state, from the border town of Douglas to the vistas of the Grand Canyon, from the solar fields of Gila Bend to the ponderosa pines of Payson. As the state’s largest and longest-serving energy provider, our 6,300 dedicated employees power our vision of creating a sustainable energy future for Arizona.

Hal Pittman is a retired Navy rear admiral and business and non-profit executive with extensive experience leading people and teams, developing and implementing strategy, and managing change and crisis.

Serving in the U.S. Navy for more than 25 years in global external-facing roles, Admiral Pittman led award-winning public affairs teams during some of the military’s most visible operations and crises. After his military service, he served as President and CEO of a sports and wellness non-profit before being recruited to Arizona’s largest energy company, Arizona Public Service, in 2014.

Admiral Pittman has testified before Congress, conducted hundreds of media interviews with national, local and trade media, and presented before public, government and business forums in the U.S. and internationally. His passions are innovation and developing and leading people. He also serves as founder, chairman, board member and advisor for national and state-wide non-profit organizations and businesses.

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