Weekly Military Information – 28 May 2014


As many already know, last week long-standing business and civic leader Al Austin passed away at age 85. During his 60 year business career, he set many important milestones:

  • He was among the first to develop Tampa’s Westshore Business District. (The largest business district in Florida)
  • He played a leadership role in guiding the development of Tampa International Airport.
  • He was instrumental in securing and expanding MacDill Air Force Base. (Headquarters of CENTCOM an SOCOM)
  • He chaired the Host Committee for the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay.

These are just a few of his accomplishments….

In 2007 WEDU did a one-on-one interview with Al Austin for WEDU TV 3’s “Suncoast Business Forum”. As a tribute to Al Austin’s great achievements and contributions to our community, WEDU TV 3 (PBS) is re-broadcasting that profile this Thursday night, May 29th at 8:30 pm., and Sunday June 1st at 7:00 pm.


Wednesday, 4 June – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm – Women in Defense Greater Tampa Bay Chapter Get Informed Lunch – at the Tampa Yacht and Country Club with Guest Speaker Ambassador Mary Carlin Yates who will share her diverse and highly acclaimed 31-year diplomatic career across three major geographic areas (Africa, Europe and Asia) as well as receiving Presidential appointments from three (3) Presidents. Register at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=pcqzjhnab&oeidk=a07e8zrponk5ac62889&oseq

Tuesday, 10 June – 7:30 – 9:00 am – NDIA Morning Seminar at The Centre Club – NDIA will be hosting Brigadier General Frank Lissner, the Senior National Representative from Denmark. Register at: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e9c9t5xb16304902&c=96e1be70-36c9-11e3-abec-d4ae5284344f&ch=984b1270-36c9-11e3-ac67-d4ae5284344f

Saturday, 14 June – 9:00 am – Flag Day Celebration at Knights Point on Harbour Island will be the First Annual Flag Day and Armed Forces Appreciation Ceremony. The event is being organized by the 508th Engineer Officer Candidate Regiment and coincides with the 239th Anniversary of the U.S. Army. The events begin at 9am. For more information, you can email Robert Wilde at rtwilde@verizon.net

Saturday, 14 June – 6:00 pm – 239th Army Birthday – Tampa Bay 2014 Celebration – at the Hilton Clearwater Beach, Grand Ballroom, 400 Mandalay Avenue, Clearwater, FL – More information and registration at http://armyballtampa.org/register/

Thursday, 19 June – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – AFCEA Pelican Chapter Monthly Luncheon – held at Surf’s Edge Club, 7315 Bayshore Blvd., Building 499, MacDill AFB, FL 33621

Thursday, 19 June – 6:00 pm – Operation Helping Hand Dinner at James A. Haley VA Hospital – 13000 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33612


Tuesday, 1 July – 5:30 pm – Women in Defense Greater Tampa Bay Chapter 1st Annual Celebration – Doubletree by Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore, 4500 West Cypress Street – more details to come.

Thursday, 17 July – 6:00 pm – Operation Helping Hand Dinner at James A. Haley VA Hospital – 13000 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33612

Monday, 21 July – 8:00 am – 29th Annual AFCEA Pelican Chapter Scholarship Golf Tournament – Carrollwood Country Club – for more information on sponsorship and registration visit: http://www.birdeasepro.com/afceagolf


Wednesday, 20 August – 4:30 pm – Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Senior Enlisted Reception at Surf’s Edge Club – MacDill AFB – this is one of the best events to thank our Senior Enlisted! See our website for registration and sponsorship information. Also looking for raffle prizes for our military guests, if interested, please contact me.

Thursday, 21 August – 6:00 pm – Operation Helping Hand Dinner at James A. Haley VA Hospital – 13000 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33612