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Continuing to serve after the military
County's Oath Keepers president lives in Chino

Jim Arroyo is president of the Yavapai County chapter of Oath Keepers. (Courtesy photo)

Jim Arroyo is president of the Yavapai County chapter of Oath Keepers. (Courtesy photo)

The Constitution of the United States of America was signed on September 17, 1787. Our constitution has guided this great nation for more than 200 years and it remains the centerpiece of American government.

Jim Arroyo grew up in southern California, and moved to Chino Valley with his wife, Janet, in 2000.

In the 1980s Arroyo served in the U.S. Army Rangers, 1st Battalion, 75th Infantry.

"In 2014 I became active in the Oath Keepers. (a nationwide organization.) Our organization teaches to uphold, and defend the constitution as written against all enemies foreign and domestic" Arroyo said.

"This group consists of military, law enforcement, fire fighters, and all first responders. The organization was based on two principals, to teach and inspire our current serving military about the constitution and the oath that they took. You'd be surprised the number of these people who took an oath to the constitution and have never read it or know what it means," he said.

The second part of their mission is the CPT (Community Preparedness Team) where they put together veterans, military, law enforcement, fire fighters, as well as civilians with special skills.

"These people help train the community for major disasters, natural or manmade.

Our main focus is preparing for economic collapse or a downing of the power grid, that would put us back into the 1800s," Arroyo said.

"We have answers to these questions, people need to come to the meetings and learn the skills to survive these events. Our meetings are at the First Southern Baptist Church, 1524 N. Highway 89 on the second and fourth Saturday of every month (except Dec. 26.)," Arroyo said.

Arroyo is now the Yavapai County Chapter president of Oath Keepers.

Recently, Chino Valley Mayor Chris Marley reached out to the Oath Keepers to be part of the town's emergency response team.

"I like that I get to use my skill sets that I learned in the military and in volunteer law enforcement to help the community prepare for serious events."

Anyone interested can call Arroyo at 928-636-8895.

Email Diane DeHamer at ddehamer@prescottaz.com.

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