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Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2010 4:56 pm

Wendy Rogers has led a life of service to her country and community. Daughter of a long line of Army officers, Wendy was commissioned into the Air Force from https://www.msu.edu/user/sswbac/index.html" href= "https://www.msu.edu/user/sswbac/index.html">Michigan State University with her bachelor's degree and then http://www.sw.ua.edu/academic_programs/MSW_Program/MSW_Program_main.html" href= "http://www.sw.ua.edu/academic_programs/MSW_Program/MSW_Program_main.html">master's degree from the University of Alabama in Social Work as a clinical social worker. She treated patients in the Air Force mental health clinic. She then attended Air Force http://oai.dtic.mil/oai/oai?verb=getRecord&metadataPrefix=html&identifier=ADA066670" href= "http://oai.dtic.mil/oai/oai?verb=getRecord&metadataPrefix=html&identifier=ADA066670" target="_wendy">Pilot Training at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Williams_Air_Force_Base" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Williams_Air_Force_Base" target= "_wendy">Williams AFB, Arizona going on to pilot worldwide airlift and humanitarian missions in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C-141" href= "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C-141" target="_wendy">C-141 transport jet for several years. Wendy then became an http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Officer_Commanding" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Officer_Commanding" target= "_wendy">Air Officer Commanding of cadets at the US http://www.wantscheck.com/PilotSlotResources/USAFAPilotSlot/tabid/65/Default.aspx" href= "http://www.wantscheck.com/PilotSlotResources/USAFAPilotSlot/tabid/65/Default.aspx" target="_wendy">Air Force Academy while also performing as a flight instructor. The latter half of her 20-year Air Force career placed her overseas in the European theater flying Air Force http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learjet_35" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learjet_35" target="_wendy">C-21 Learjets and leading three different operational divisions at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Air_Forces_in_Europe" href= "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Air_Forces_in_Europe" target="_wendy">Headquarters US Air Forces Europe during the fall of the Berlin Wall and normalization of relations with former East Bloc countries to include a 6-month deployment running the http://www.au.af.mil/au/aul/bibs/opprom/opp.htm" href= "http://www.au.af.mil/au/aul/bibs/opprom/opp.htm" target= "_wendy">Bosnian Airlift. She finished her career with 3000 hours jet time and numerous commendations to include the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_Meritorious_Service_Medal" href= "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_Meritorious_Service_Medal" target="_wendy">Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

In addition to her degrees in Social Work, Wendy holds a second http://polisci.csbs.csusb.edu/resources/nss.htm" href= "http://polisci.csbs.csusb.edu/resources/nss.htm">master's degree in National Security Studies (Political Science) from Cal State San Bernardino. She has been married to Hal Kunnen since 1978, who is also a retired Air Force officer. They have lived in the East Valley since retiring from the military in 1996. Both their children, George and Emily, are merit-scholarship ASU Barrett Honors College Sun Devils. George was commissioned as an officer in the US Marine Corps in May 2009 and is returning home this fall to begin his PhD in Electrical Engineering at ASU.

Wendy and Hal homeschooled George and Emily during their elementary years. They own their own business with 10 employees, as well as an office building with 7 tenants. Wendy has been active in the local community as Development Director at Tempe Prep Academy, foster parent, and in her church. If she doesn't answer her cell phone, she is bicycling door to door meeting the voters of her district. As of this writing, she has knocked on the doors of over 10,000 homes.

Wendy Rogers believes in the goodness of America and in Tempe and south Scottsdale. That's why she specifically chose to live in Tempe - - for its eclectic diversity and entrepreneurial spirit. She will serve this district with her characteristic high energy, depth of experience, and devoted loyalty to her neighbors and her professional community.

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