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South Tampa Chamber of Commerce
Military Affairs Committee
7th Annual Military Coalition Reception
The South Tampa Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee is pleased to present the 7th Annual Coalition Reception. The Military Affairs Committee has the honor and privilege of working with members of our military which includes the International Coalition proudly serving at MacDill Air Force Base under Central Command. These representatives from 57+ countries stationed in Tampa along with their families, help facilitate planning and coordination of inter-national response to terrorist attacks significantly named "Operation Enduring Freedom." Please join us for this special evening as we salute the International Coalition Forces serving at MacDill AFB.
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Officer, NCO & Enlisted Reception 2013
The South Tampa Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee Officer, NCO & Enlisted Reception was heldon Thursday, May 9, 2013 at The Grand Court.
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Military Affairs Committee
The Military Affairs Committee function is to build the relationship between MacDill Air Force Base and the South Tampa Community and to support our Nation’s military men and women who serve our country. We also work to welcome the many officers from the countries that are part of the Coalition Forces stationed at Central Command. During the year we hold several functions which bring the two together such as the Enlisted Person of the Month at our Chamber luncheons, the New Enlisted/Officers Reception, several Military and Chamber Ladies Teas, the Coalition Dinner, and by individual Chamber Members hosting Senior National Representatives and their families from the Coalition at our own family Thanksgiving dinners. We also collect personal hygiene and non-perishable food products for homeless veterans which are distributed by the Military Officers Wives Club. Through our efforts, we help to support the Family Resource Center at MacDill, a center designated to help all military persons with financial, emotional and family demands. We meet monthly at Memorial Hospital and welcome contributions from you or your companies to meet these objectives.
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For more information on the Military Affairs Committee, contact Committee Chair Paddy Moses.
Service Person of the Month
Sergeant First Class Gerald S. Tuttle originally hails from Orlando, Florida. He graduated high school in 1981 and joined the Florida Army National Guard in 1995 as a Combat Medic. He switched to active duty Army in 2007 as a Military Intelligence All-Source Analyst. During his career he has been stationed at Ft. Hood, TX and currently working as a Counter Narcotic Intelligence Analysts with USCENTCOM, MacDill, Air Force Base. His deployments include Afghanistan as a medic, Iraqi as an Intel Analyst, and Qatar as the J2 Senior Enlisted Leader.
Sergeant First Class Tuttle began his assignment at USCENTCOM on 13 October 2009 and during his time he has served in many positions due to his diversity, leadership, and tremendous ability to adapt. Over the last 12 months he has clearly set himself amongst his peers. As a Counter narcotic Intelligence Analysts, he reviewed all source intelligence and developed over 40 detailed analytical products that provided critical assessments for senior leader decision making. He managed the Division Intelligence Oversight program for 154 personnel; conducted 4 quarterly inspections’ to ensure compliance with DoD regulations and resulted in zero violations. He served as the JICCENT Analysis Department Focal Point Officer; responsible for ensuring over 700 personnel were read-on to the proper security programs in a timely manner. As the Afghanistan/ Pakistan Center Army Senior Enlisted Advisor, he provided sound counsel and mentorship to 25 Soldiers and engaged all issues with professionalism and in a timely manner. He also managed the Intelligence Directorate duty roster of 316 personnel for escort building requirements and ensured 100% J2 support.
Additionally, SFC Tuttle was selected to be the J2 Senior Enlisted Leader forward in Qatar, where he expertly assisted the J2 with all operational and administrative actions while providing guidance,
As a community steward, SFC Tuttle volunteered 250 off duty hours attending car washes, managing food drives and various other fund raisers to support the Cub Scouts of America. SFC Tuttle’s selfless serviced allowed over 100 scouts the stress free environment to learn and grow as leaders without the financial burden. He also volunteered 20 off duty hours to Cub Scout Pack #39 to mentor and teach future leaders Army first aid and medical readiness. He volunteered personal time to read Christmas stories during the holidays to 38 students at Symmes Elementary School, where SFC Tuttle greatly impacted the importance of family and the spirit of Christmas. He volunteered as a motivational speaker at the Wyndham Tampa West shore Hotel during a business