Tampa Chamber honors military personnel


The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce recently recognized several members of the military at an awards ceremony. 

The 2017 Military Appreciation Awards were presented by USAA, an insurance and financial firm started in the 1920s in the United States by military veterans who could not get car insurance so they banded together to insure each other.

Ret. Gen. Anne Dunwoody gave a keynote address, according to a chamber press release Tampa Mayor  Bob Buckhorn, as well as chamber leaders, recognized the service members' contributions. This was the 19th year the chamber has held the recognition event for local military personnel. The awards recognize "outstanding contributions to the greater good of the Tampa Bay community," according to the press release.

The awards and the 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: Sgt. Jordan Belser

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

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

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

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

U.S. Special Operations Command Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Tech. Sgt. Brian Barrentine

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

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

Joint Communications Support Element Officer of the Year: Capt. William Moore

6th Air Mobility Wing Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Tech. Sgt. Jared Jessup

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

927th Air Refueling Wing Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Tech. Sgt. William Mitchell

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