During the 2012 election cycle, Allen West’s political organizations supported the following military veteran and minority candidates.
Colonel Martha McSally, United States Air Force – Eighth Congressional District of Arizona
Colonel McSally is the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, and first to command a fighter squadron in combat in United States history. Colonel McSally flew her first combat mission into Iraq to enforce the United Nations’ “no-fly zone.” She subsequently flew almost 100 combat hours on two tours to the Middle East in support of Operation Southern Watch.
Lt. Col. Perry served as the Commander of the 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion. That unit was called to service in Iraq, deploying in January 2009 and in January 2010
Lt. Col. Wenstrup serves in the Medical Service Corps. He deployed for a year of active duty in Iraq where he served as a Combat Surgeon with the 344th Combat Support Hospital.
Maj. Collins is a Chaplain and served in Iraq from 2008 to 2009. Served in the Air Force Reserves since receive commission in 2002. Presently the Wing Chaplain to Dobbins Air Force base. Previously he served in the United States Navy Reserve.
LCDR Bridenstine has flown 52 combat missions into Afghanistan and Operation Southern Watch (Iraq) and Operation Iraqi Freedom. As a Navy Reservist he regularly flies counter-drug missions in Central and South America.
Lt. DeSantis is a JAG officer and he supported operations at the terrorist detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and deployed to Iraq during the 2007 troop surge as an advisor to a U.S. Navy SEAL commander in support of the SEAL mission in Iraq.
Captain Cotton served as an infantryman and was deployed to Baghdad in 2006 as a platoon leader with the 101st Airborne. In Baghdad, he was responsible for a 41-man air-assault infantry platoon and planned and led daily combat patrols. He was a platoon leader at The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery, and also serves on the front lines and deployed to eastern Afghanistan as the operations officer of a provincial reconstruction team, where he planned and resourced daily counterinsurgency and reconstruction operations for an 83-member joint and interagency team.
Captain Paton enlisted in the United States Army Reserve. And in 2000, Captain Paton was honored to be named “Soldier of the Year” for his battalion, brigade, and eventually for the entire 104th Division. Captain Paton voluntarily enlisted to serve in Iraq on the front lines as an operations officer in an intelligence unit.
LTJG Plummer serves his country as an Intelligence Officer..
Sgt. First Class Bentivolio enlisted into the U.S. Army, serving as an infantry rifleman in Vietnam. For over 20 years he proudly served with the Michigan Army National Guard. Sgt. First Class Bentivolio served with the military police on the home front during Desert Storm and in Iraq in 2007 with an Artillery Unit in an administrative capacity
Sergeant Tavaglione served from 1968 to 1970 and was assigned to 6th Army G2 at Fort Ord, California, and transferred to serve with V Corps in Frankfurt, Germany.
In 2003 Mia Love won a seat on the Saratoga Springs City Council becoming the first female Haitian-American elected official in Utah County, Utah she took office in January 2004.After six years on the Council she was elected Mayor. Mayor Love was part of the city council that approved a transition from the agriculture tax to municipal tax. She also worked with other city council members to cut expenses, reducing the city’s shortfall during the economic downturn from $3.5 million to $779,000. Saratoga Springs now has the highest possible bond rating for a city of its size: AA+
Vernon Parker was recently elected to serve a second term on the Paradise Valley Town Council. Parker served as Paradise Valley’s Mayor from 2008-2010. Previously, he served as Special Assistant to President George H. W. Bush. Parker was also nominated by President George W. Bush and unanimously confirmed with bipartisan support by the United States Senate, as an Assistant Secretary at the United States Department of Agriculture.