Celestar’s staff member honored at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s Military Appreciation Banquet

Miller-awardCongratulations to Celestar’s Executive Assistant and Military Affairs Coordinator, Debbie Miller, who was honored at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s Military Appreciation Banquet last week with the Bob Cutler Volunteer Award!

Weekly Military Information – 5 February 2015



Chamber Welcomes Gov. Rick Scott as Keynote Speaker

Please join the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, February 25 as we honor our community’s military personnel at the 2015 Military Appreciation Banquet. This year’s banquet will feature a keynote address from Florida Governor Rick Scott.

After attending high school and community college, Gov. Scott enlisted in the United States Navy and served aboard the USS Glover as a radar man. He attended college on the G.I. Bill, graduating from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in business administration and Southern Methodist University Law School. As Governor, he signed legislation known as the ‘Florida G.I. Bill,’ which allows veterans and active duty service members to attend Florida colleges and universities as in-state students.

This year’s event marks the 17th year the Chamber will honor our community’s military personnel. Following the keynote address by Gov. Scott, annual awards will be presented in these categories: Business Partner, Bob Cutler Volunteer of the Year, Department of Defense employee, ROTC Cadet, Officer and Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year for each military branch. Click here to register for this year’s banquet! Thank you to presenting sponsor Bright House Networks.


Visit our weekly newsletters and military events on our website! We will archive past newsletters for your reference and maintain a calendar of events that are listed each week in the newsletters.

The link for the newsletters is: Weekly Military Information, and the direct link to the events calendar is: Events Calendar.


Pathways Student Intern Program

Do you know a high school or college student who is interested in a US federal government career or gaining valuable “on the job” training while in school? The Pathways Student Intern Program can provide that opportunity.

Who is eligible? Minimum age to apply is 16; however, if the position being recruited by the command requires a security clearance, then the minimum age is 18 so that the student candidate can be vetted through our security office.

The student must be accepted to, or currently enrolled in, an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying diploma, degree or certificate. The student must have 2.5 or above GPA (Command requirement)

Where does he/she apply? All students interested in job opportunities under Pathways Student Intern Program must apply through open announcements on USAJOBS www.usajobs.gov). They need to build an account in in USAJOBS. The student needs to upload a resume, transcripts/grades, and any other documents (acceptance letter or letters of recommendation, SF-50s if they have prior government service, DD214 if prior military, etc.) to their account for use when they apply. IMPORTANT TO KNOW: Veteran’s preference does apply, meaning veterans get first priority.

They can search on the key word “pathways” and USAJOBS will pull up all open announcements that have Pathways in the title. Ours, of course, will have “Space and Naval Warfare” listed for command and the duty locations available are also listed in the announcement.

Students can set up “saved searches” notifications so that they will be alerted when an announcement opens. Any job series that ends with “99” is a student trainee position. [Example: 0899 is a Student Trainee (Engineer) or 1599 is a Student Trainee (Scientist), etc.] There is a tutorial on how to set up “saved search” notifications under the “Resource Center” tab on the USAJOBS website (first page, across the top).


AVAST (Amputee V.A. Support Team) will be holding their 7th Annual Golf Classic on Saturday, 14 March, at Cheval Golf and Country Club. Sponsorships are available and information regarding those levels are attached. For more information contact Jim Lonigro at avastvetstampafl@yahoo.com or (813) 340-9218.