Chamber Honors Service Members at Military Appreciation Awards

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce honored our community’s military personnel at the 2017 Military Appreciation Awards on Wednesday, February 22 presented by USAA.  Retired General Anne Dunwoody gave a keynote address and Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Chamber leaders recognized the contributions of our local service members. This event represented the 19th year the Chamber has recognized our local military personnel for outstanding contributions to the greater good of the Tampa Bay community.

2017-maa-winners

The 2017 winners included:

Bob Cutler Volunteer Award: Edward Spenceley, Bank of America

The University of Tampa ROTC Cadet of the Year: Cadet Nathan Bleckley

University of South Florida ROTC Cadet of the Year: Cadet Abby Kingery

Department of Defense Civilian Employee of The Year: Jeffery “Scott” Sasser

U.S. Central Command Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Sergeant Jordan Belser

U.S. Central Command Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Staff Sergeant Kyle Dalton

U.S. Special Operations Command Central Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Staff Sergeant Carla Summers

U.S. Special Operations Command Central Officer of the Year: Major Duane Stamm

U.S Marine Corps Forces Central Command Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Sergeant Mathew Smith Jr.

U.S. Special Operations Command Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Technical Sergeant Brian Barrentine

U.S. Special Operations Command Officer of the Year: Captain Bryan Tye

Joint Communications Support Element Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Petty Officer Barrett Hamm

Joint Communications Support Element Officer of the Year: Captain William Moore

6th Air Mobility Wing Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Technical Sergeant Jared Jessup

6th Air Mobility Wing Officer of the Year: Captain Michael McFadden

927th Air Refueling Wing Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Technical Sergeant William Mitchell

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2017 Military Appreciation Awards Featured Speaker, General Ann Dunwoody

headshotGeneral Dunwoody retired in 2012 as a 4-star Army General after 37 years of service to our country. In her last assignment, she led the largest global logistics command in the Army comprising of 69,000 military and civilian personnel located in all 50 states and over 140 countries with a budget of over $60 billion dollars.

In 20008, General Dunwoody earned the historic distinction of being the first woman in U.S. Military history to achieve the rank of four-star general.  She is the fourth generation of her family to serve in the U.S. Army and the third to achieve flag officer rank.

She has been recognized by the NCAA with its highest honor, the Theodore Roosevelt Award. She has also been recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association with its Lifetime Achievement Award and by France with its National Order of Merit.

Today, General Dunwoody is President of First 2 Four, LLC, a leadership mentoring and strategic advisory services company.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for L-3 Communications, Republic Services, and Logistics Management Institute. She also serves on the Council of Trustees for the Association of the United States Army, Florida Institute of Technology, ThanksUSA and the Army Historical Foundation.

General Dunwoody’s book, A Higher Standard was released in April 2015.

2017 Military Appreciation Awards

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
TPepin’s Hospitality Centre
4121 N. 50th Street
Tampa, FL 33610
6:00 PM | Registration & Reception
6:30 PM | Dinner & Program
Click here to register!

Chamber Honors Service Members at Military Appreciation Banquet

The Chamber honored our community’s military personnel at the 2014 Military Appreciation Banquet on Tuesday night, presented by Bright House Networks. More than 400 attendees were in attendance, including leadership from all five service branches.
Vice Admiral Mark Fox, Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command gave an inspirational speech on the relationship between Tampa and our servicemen and women. Admiral Fox mentioned how the military has had a presence in Tampa since before the city was founded, when Fort Brooke was established here in the 1820’s. From Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, the Gulf War and the growth of MacDill in the present day, Tampa and the military community continue to grow together in support of our nation.
This is a long standing event in which the Chamber has recognized our local military personnel for outstanding contributions to the greater good of the Tampa Bay community. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for the event photos!

The 2014 winners included:

Category Winner
Army Officer of the Year Chaplain (Colonel) Paul Willis
Air Force Officer of the Year Captain Thomas Waters
Navy Officer of the Year Lieutenant Commander Lori G. Emery
Coast Guard Officer of the Year Lieutenant Drew Sonetirot
Army Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year Master Sergeant Valerie A. Ellis
Marine Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year Gunnery Sergeant Laci Spencer
Navy Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year Petty Officer 1 Tamika A. Simmons
Air Force Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year Staff Sergeant Joshua Dirr
Coast Guard Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year Aviation Technician First Class Crystal L. Bastien
Reserve  Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year Staff Sergeant William Mitchell
Department of Defense Employee of the Year Sheila M. Woodruff
University of South Florida ROTC Cadet of the Year Midshipman Crystal Artreche
University of Tampa ROTC Cadet of the Year Cadet Christopher Rineer
Business Partner of the Year Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Military Affairs Council Bob Cutler Volunteer Award Robert Silah

Chamber Honors Service Members at Military Appreciation Banquet

009_TCC Military_2-28-13The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce honored our community’s military personnel at the 2013 Military Appreciation Banquet on Wednesday, February 27 presented by Bright House Networks.  More than 450 attendees, including leadership from all five service branches, were in attendance.

Lieutenant General Russel L. Honore, U.S. Army (Ret) gave a keynote address on the topic of “Leadership in the New Normal.” Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll and Mayor Bob Buckhorn also recognized the contributions of our local service members. This event represented the 15th year the Chamber has recognized our local military personnel for outstanding contributions to the greater good of the Tampa Bay community.

The 2013 winners included:

Category Winner
Army Officer of the Year Major Rhonda L. McRae
Air Force Officer of the Year Lieutenant Colonel Shawn Patrick Walrath
Reserve Officer of the Year Major Zachary Glen Davidson
Army Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year Staff Sergeant Christopher M. Bitwinski
Marine Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year Staff Sergeant Damon Cecil
Navy Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year Intelligence Specialist Second Class (EXW/SW) Nicanor P. Mendoza III
Air Force Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year Master Sergeant Danell G. Hall
Coast Guard Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year Yeoman Third Class Amanda L. McKillip
Reserve  Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year Senior Master Sergeant Tom Lehmann
Department of Defense Employee of the Year Mr. Jay Kent
University of South Florida ROTC Cadet of the Year Cadet Elizabeth S. Stevens
University of Tampa ROTC Cadet of the Year Cadet Bryana Hedgepeth
Business Partner of the Year AT&T
Military Affairs Council Bob Cutler Volunteer Award Brigadier General David M. “Tanker” Snyder (Ret)
JROTC Essay Contest Winner Thapani Sawaengrsi