Tampa, FL. – The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce honored our community’s military personnel at the 2014 Military Appreciation Banquet on Wednesday, February 27 presented by Bright House Networks. More than 400 attendees, including leadership from all five service branches, were in attendance.
Vice Admiral Mark Fox gave a keynote address and Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Chamber leaders recognized the contributions of our local service members. This event represented the 16th year the Chamber has recognized our local military personnel for outstanding contributions to the greater good of the Tampa Bay community.
The 2014 winners included:
|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|
For more information on the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, please visit www.tampachamber.com.