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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.
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.
Click here to visit the MacDill Family Resource Center Web Site
Click here to visit Operation Helping Hand Tampa
For more information on the Military Affairs Committee, contact Committee Chair Paddy Moses.
Service Person of the Month September
Sergeant Darneshea R. Jones is enthusiastically recommended to be recognized as the South ampa Chamber of Commerce’s October Service Person of the Month. Her performance of duty in a combat zone was exemplary and continues to be enhanced by her initiative, dedication to duty, and care for her fellow Soldiers. Her overall performance of duty is commensurate with senior Non-Commissioned Officers in the United States Army. In the future, she wishes to attend the United States Army Officer Candidate School and service her country as a Signal Corps Officer.
In March 2012, Sergeant Jones deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Her team of four communicators from Active Duty Army and Georgia Air National Guard provided flawless communications support contributed to the success of more than 80 combat operations. Upon redeployment, Sergeant Jones was selected to be the Squadron Training Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge. She has since displayed her meticulous attention to detail and organizations skills on a daily basis. In her initial year, she coordinated more than 1200 hours of pre-deployment training for more than 90 Active Duty, air National Guard and Army Reserve communicators. Her planning efforts in the Squadron have reshaped the Elements’ deployment validations structure and will save more than $100,000 a year in operational funds.
Prior to her military service, she was a full scholarship recipient for Track and Field, Captain of the Women’s Track Team, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority at East Carolina University, North Carolina. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business in 2005. In 2010, Sergeant