Our Accomplishments

Check out our 2015 and 2016 accomplishments, success stories and priorities in the right hand column.

Over the past 4 years the Tampa Bay Defense Alliance Accomplishments have included but were not limited to:

2011

  • Strategic Vision – ‘Tampa Bay as ‘San Diego of the East Coast’’ – Roundtable w/Mr. Mike Jones (San Diego), Chris Steinocher, Walter McCracken, Tim Jones and Chip Diehl,  22 Sep 2011
  • AMC Visit – Mayor Buckhorn led – Brief: ‘MacDill AFB & Tampa Bay Community,’ dtd Oct 2011
  • Tampa Bay Community Leader visit to SOUTHCOM, 1 Dec 2011

2012

  • White Paper – UAVs to Florida –  ‘Opportunity and Role for UAS Basing in State of Florida’, dated 7 Feb 2012.
  • Front Row Tampa Bay – ‘MacDill AFB & Military Impact’ Segment w/Cong. Castor, Gen Lichte, BGen Diehl & Col Celestan, Aug 2012
  • Tampa Bay “Bay Area Legislative Delegation” (BALD) Meeting – ‘TB Defense Community’ w/Gen Lichte and BGen Diehl, 8 May 2012
  • White Paper – DoD-VA Exo Center of Excellence – ‘Making Dreams a Reality: One Step at a Time,’  9 April 2012
  • Defense Reinvestment Grant (DRG) 2012-13 – ‘Tampa Bay Regional Defense and Security

       Sustainment, Development, Diversification & Expansion,’  dtd 12 May 2012 [In concert with the THEDC & Chamber]

  • Visit Gen Doug Fraser, Commander, USSOUTHCOM – SRI, USF, CAMLS tours – Dinner/Speech to Community Leaders @ Tampa Club, 4 Jun 2012
  • Host Spectrum Analysis Team Visit – Led by Gen Newton – [In concert with Mayor, EDC, Chamber and MacDill AFB], 25-27 Jun 2012
  • Wash DC Visit – Cong. Castor led – Brief: ‘MacDill AFB & Tampa Bay Community,’ dtd 6 Jun 2012 – KC-46 Basing Strategy with Asst Sec Kathy Ferguson, Air Staff, Pentagon
  • Engagement – Relocation of F Company, 5th Btn, 159th Aviation Regiment (MedEvac) to MacDill AFB – Helicopter move, Current Initiative – On-going.

2013

  • White Paper – ‘Institute of Cyber Security & Technology of Tampa Bay,’ dtd 14 Jan 2013
  • Jordan Visit – Dep Dir of Royal Medical Services engagement with USF Health & CAMLS, 20-24 Jan 2013
  • FDSTF Grant Application – ‘TBDA Standup’ & ‘Operation MacDill – Monroe Middle School’ – 17 Jan 2013
  • WPO Visit to MacDill & CENTCOM – 15-16 Jan 2013 – Sponsored by Barry Alpert
  • LtGov Carroll Visit – TBDA, MacDill, JAH VA Hosp, Lightning & Yankees – 26-28 Feb 13
  • Gov. Scott Press Conference – Plasma Therm – Sequestration - 28 Feb 2013
  • The Principi Group – Spectrum Analysis: Progress Update–Visit to Tampa/MacDill–26 Jun 2013
  • FDSTF Visit to MacDill & Tampa Bay – Monthly Mtg & Tour of MacDill AFB – 27 June 2013
  • MacDill Community Leaders visit HQ AMC – Meet with Commander, AMC – Sept 2013
  • FDSTF Grant Awards:  DRG, FDSTF & DIG – Sept 2013
  • TBDA asked to Host/Support Homestead/Miami Defense Alliance – Oct 2013
  • Govt Shutdown – Oct 1 – 16
  • Operation Embrace initiated to Bridge Shutdown Financial Impact
  • Airlift/Tanker Association – National Convention in Orlando – 2 Nov 2013
  • WorkForce Team – Bring together Bay region initiatives to one focused program
  • MacDill Charter School – TBDA lends support
  • Support to major Defense/Technology Conventions – SOFIC, Coalition, GEOINT, AUVSI & I/ITSEC
  • First Qrtrly Letter to AMC/CC – Dec 2013
  • Strategic Partnership with High Tech Corridor & Space Florida
  • Assist in State of FL support to Emerging Technologies

2014

  • Florida GI Bill  - In-State Tuition for Military Veterans moving to FL
    • 2015 Bill to make In-State residency ‘permanent’ filed.
  • Tinker Elementary School – Expansion to K-8
    • DOD OEA Grant to ‘build’ Middle School being led by Cong. Castor
  • FDSTF, DRG Grant Awards
  • FL Rock – Leading process with FL DEP/DEO to secure parcel and eliminate encroachment
    • 2015:  Full Fee Purchase failing;  Working Restricted Easement Agreement (DEP)
  • Influencer Receptions – Cong Jolly & Rep Jimmie Smith (Chmn, Mil & Vet Affairs Cmte)
  • MacDill 2025 Strategic Engagement Plan launched with Deloitte (National)
  • WorkForce Team expands to include Transitioning Military (including Spouses)
  • P4 Initiatives - Launched
  • Jim Sampey nominated to Florida is for Veterans Board
  • New TBDA Website Rolled Out
  • TBDA Business Plan finalized

2015

  • Visit to HQ AMC (Schueler, Elia, Lopano, Meidel & Diehl) – Jan 2015
    • Washington DC & HQ AF Reserve planned in 2015
  • MyMacDill – April Launch
  • FL Legislative Session – Priorities:
    • Nursing Home – Plant City ?
    • Ad Valorem Tax Exemption to FL (MacDill) Military Housing
    • FL Rock resolution
    • Tinker School Expansion (Build Middle School – DOD Grant first)
    • CTO & Cyber
  • FDSTF grant- successful presentation of Operation Engagment and DRG Grant- successful application in conjuction with the GTCC and the THEDC
  • Gov Scott visit to MacDill – in Planning
  • AF/AMC Leader visits to MacDill/ Tampa – New SAF/IE (Kathy Ferguson Replacement)
  • Influencer Receptions –
    • Sec Principi
    • Wing Commanders
    • Sen Brandes/Rep Young (FL Legislative Recap)

2016

  • HQ AMC Meeting (Lisa Monnet, Chris Farkas, Jim Sampey) TBDA was mentioned in the Early Bird Brief in Early July
  • ADC Conference and meeting with Legislatures in Washington DC in June
  • Completion of the Tampa Bay Trophy and 2nd Annual presentation of the trophy in front of 4500 people at opening ceremonies at the Airlift Tanker Association Natonal Summit in October. 
  • Cultivated relationships with the New Wing Commanders at MacDill AFB and have listened to the objectives and initiatives for the base.
  • Sent Several Board Member to the Air War College at Maxweell AFB, AL for 1 week.