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IN THE SPOTLIGHT – Staff Sergeant Bill Bazzi, USMCR -  APAAM’s Michigan Coordinator 

Senator John Sununu (L) in his speech to over 500 attendees recognized the service and patriotism of the APAAM members present at the Arab American Institute’s National Leadership Conference Dinner Gala last month.  Bill Bazzi (R) was instrumental in organizing over 15 members of APAAM from the Dearborn area, and helped APAAM be an Endorsing Organization of AAI.


More pictures below

Bill Bazzi (bottom left) with the youth of Dearborn, Michigan, joined by Marine Corporal Souhaib Elkoun (bottom right), and Marine Corporals Alsafari and Elhaddi who all participated as part of APAAM’s Memorial Day march in Dearborn, Michigan.  APAAM was the first National Arab American Veterans organization to represent the Arab American Community at a Memorial Day Parade.  Over 80 members marched on that historic day.

About Bill Bazzi 

Bill Bazzi immigrated from Lebanon with his family to the U.S. when he was 10 years old.   They made their home in Dearborn,
Michigan.  Nine year after coming to the U.S., Bill joined the U.S. Marine Corps in July 1984 at the age of 19.  He completed boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, CA, and immediately thereafter went to Military Police school where he finished his four years of active
duty as Military Policeman.  

Bill left the Marines after four years of active duty in 1988 to pursue his college education.  He earned a Bachelor and a Master
of Aeronautical Engineering from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.   

Missing his service to his country and to his Corps, Bill re-joined the Marine as a drilling reservist in 1999, while at the same
time working for Ford Motor Corporation as a research engineer.  Since joining the reserves, Bill has been activated numerous times to active duty as a Military Policeman. 

Bill stays active with the community by participating in many events such as charity, political, fundraising events, and marches and
walks for raising money for cancer research.  He was a team leader for over 200 Marines for the Combined Federal Campaign and is
currently participating in the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots campaign in the Dearborn/Detroit, Michigan areas.

  • Employment:  AEROSPACE ENGINEER - Ford Motor Company Design Engineer in Research and Development. Research &
    Develop new automotive technology for government emissions.

 Community Involvement 

  • APAAM Michigan Coordinator
  • Community Outreach – Continuous volunteer for various charity events at the local community. 
  • Volunteer for Local Police Departments for security at various events. 
  • Help organize numerous Toys for Tots events. 
  • Helped the local Marine Unit (MWSS 471) obtain at least 4 Vans from Ford Motor Company every year for the Toys for Tots program since 2000. 

Senator John Sununu (3rd from left) and Congressman Charles Boustany (center) join APAAM at the AAI NLC

APAAM members represented their support to AAI as one of 40 endorsing organizations

APAAM members represented their support to AAI as one of 40 endorsing organizations

Congressman Charles Boustany (center) join APAAM at the AAI NLC

Jim Badeen (Relative of Nathan Badeen) Ahmed Elahrag, Jamal Baadani, Ali Yahya, Ron Amen, and Fayrouz Saad showing their support to AAI

WWII Veteran Alec Berry, Jamal Baadani, Jamal Bazzi, and Bill Bazzi showing their support

Congressman Charles Boustany addresses the members of APAAM









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