Chamber announces recipients of Military Person of the Year Awards

The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce celebrated the accomplishments of outstanding local military personnel during its 25th annual Military Service Person of the Year Awards. The awards were presented on Wednesday, July 11, at the chamber’s monthly Trustee Luncheon at Jungle Island.

The recipients of the 2012 Military Service Person of the Year Awards are:

Petty Officer Second Class Dinorath Adams, United States Navy, United States Southern Command;

Petty Officer Third Class Joshua Columbo, United States Navy, United States Southern Command;

Petty Officer Second Class Eric J. Ernst, United States Coast Guard, Air Station Miami;

Master Sergeant Francisco G. Gonzalez, United States Air Force, Homestead Air Reserve Base;

Corporal Luchmy Luc, United States Marine Corps, Marine Forces South;

Master Sergeant Eduardo Marin, United States Air Force, Special Operations Command South, and

Sergeant First Class Marcos Vazquez, United States Army, Recruiting Command.

The program also recognized Colonel Lettie Bien, United States Army (Retired) with the Lifetime Contribution to Military Service Award, and featured remarks by Colonel Danny R. McKnight, United States Army (Retired), veteran of the raid in Mogadishu, Somalia as chronicled in the movie and book Black Hawk Down.

The 2012 Military Service Person of the Year Awards were made possible through the generous support from presenting sponsors: Florida National University, American Red Cross of Greater Miami & the Keys, Union Institute & University, and supporting sponsors: The Allen Morris Company; The Beacon Council/Miami-Dade Defense Alliance; The Conroy Martinez Group; Florida Blue, ios Health Systems; Morrison Brown Argiz & Farra LLP; Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz, District 12, and Show Technology Inc.

For information about the chamber’s Military Affairs Committee, contact Reina Deleon at 305-577-5438 or by email to


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