Del Webb Lakewood Ranch Association of Veterans and Military Supporters

Serving Our Community

Edwin Robinson from Turning PointsDel Webb Lakewood Ranch AVMS’ monthly meeting on February 12 featured the donation of a nearly new road bike to Turning Points spokesperson Edwin Robinson, who was our guest speaker.

“A resident of our Del Webb community passed away shortly after purchasing a high quality road bike,” explained AVMS Commander Herman Martinez. “His wife was gracious enough to donate the bike to our group, but with the stipulation that it be donated by us to a worthy local cause.”

Via their Yellow Ribbon program, Turning Points “leaves no veteran behind” according to Robinson. “We assist veterans and their families in Manatee County with a variety of essential services. One of those services can include providing a veteran-in-need with a means of transportation – such as a bike – to get to their job,” he said.

“Giving back to our Manatee County community like this is what our group is all about,” affirmed AVMS Vice Commander Jerry Hufford. “We hope to do more for Turning Points in the future via volunteer hours from our members and donations of toiletries and goods they need.” Learn More »»

AVMS Upcoming Events

March 12, 2019 at 6:30pm
Del Webb Lakewood Ranch Oasis Club House

Deb Kehoe and Kathi Skelton from Homes for Our TroopsIn March, we host Ambassador Deb Kehoe who represents Homes For Our Troops, a wonderful organization that provides debt-free housing for those combat-wounded veterans who can no longer be employable.
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April 9, 2019 at 6:30pm
Del Webb Lakewood Ranch Oasis Club House

Shannon Feinroth Paralegal Life Law firmIn April, we host Shannon Feinroth an Elder Law Paralegal for the local Life Law Firm in Sarasota. This meeting is so important to our community we can’t limit it to just our membership. Attendance will be open to the entire Del Webb Lakewood Ranch community.

May 27, 2019
Del Webb Lakewood Ranch Oasis Club House

Week-long Memorial Day AVMS Flags Over Del Webb display. Stay tuned for more details.

Del Webb Veteran Spotlight

Lakewood Ranch Veteran Spotlight on Steve Dretar


Lt. Col Stephen Dretar entered the USAF on June 6, 1973, after graduating from the USAF Academy. After graduation, he attended pilot training at Laughlin AFB, TX and F4C fighter transition training at Luke AFB, AZ. Subsequent assignments included: Elmendorf AFB, AK: Osan AB, Japan, ROK; Holloman AFB, AZ. Lt Col Dretar retired from the USAF in 1995 having flown over 2,500 hours in various fighter and training aircraft to include: the T-37, T-38, AT-38B, F-4C/E (Phantom II) and all models of the F-15 Eagle. Lt Col Dretar participated in numerous deployments worldwide including: Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, Philippines, Jordan, and afloat with command elements of the USN 3rd and 7th Fleets.

Lakewood Ranch Air Force veteran Steve Dretar and wife Nancy

During his 22 year career, he flew air defense in Alaska and the Republic of Korea during the height of the cold war period. He also held positions at the squadron, wing, numbered air force and Joint Command level. Achievements include being part of the initial cadre of instructors for the F-15E and winning the T-38B Instructor of the Year along with Top Gun during a T-38B gunnery competition.

Following his USAF career, he spent 20 years flying for FedEx as a commercial pilot. Dretar logged more than 7,500 hours worldwide. He flew as Captain on the B727, Airbus 300/310, and the B757/767.

Steve is married to Nancy Tate of Marysvale, Utah. They have four children, Natalie, Stacey, Brian, and Craig. They also have 12 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

Del Webb Lakewood Ranch Association of Veterans and Military Supporters welcomes you to our website.

As our Del Webb community started to develop in 2017, a small group of residents had the idea to start a group to support our military, their families and our community.

Although we're still growing and developing, we already have a couple of years of meaningful, successful events that have touched many lives. We will continue to grow with our community's support.

Our dedicated group of men and women finds ways to support our active soldiers, their families, and military retirees in need, while ensuring that our community never forgets what our troops do for us.

Please help us to make this resource a tool for all our active members, potential new members, and our Del Webb community by giving us feedback on what you like and what could be improved.

Herman Martinez

Herman Martinez, Commander

Become a Member

It's easy! You can use the link below to pull up the instructions and application form or just go to the next meeting and talk to any A.V.M.S. member about joining our proud organization.