Military Council

Since the 1940s, the Tampa business community, led by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, has enjoyed a close working relationship with the MacDill Air Force Base - a vital part of our nation's defense and an important training location for those who safeguard America. We understand the importance of promoting and supporting our brave men and women who serve our country and call our community home.

The Chamber's Military Council is one of the largest and most active chamber committees. Through the Chamber's Vision 2026 plan, the Military Council will develop strategic collaboration with military organizations, veterans, and the local defense industry to foster economic vitality in the Tampa Bay region.

Council members meet once a month to disucss initiatives that help support our program of work. Our focus areas include: defense industry advocacy, military policy support and veteran & military spouse employment opportunities. 

Follow the Flag

In continuing the celebration of the 2018 designation of the Tampa Bay region as a Great American Defense Community, the Chamber is encouraging members to sign up to fly the GADC flag at their business or organization. Interested members must fill out the participation interest form to secure their participation.

Military Focus Areas

Defense Industry Advocacy

The council will assist Chamber Member companies in the understanding of lead generation, networking, and eventual contracting with the military. By leveraging established relationships with base organizations, we can share best practices with our members on how to understand the unique business operating environment of a military base.

Military Policy Support

The council will keep the Board of Directors and the Chamber Membership apprised of any congressional efforts and/or actions that could affect MacDill to include Congressional funding, BRAC activities and new mission assignments. When necessary, the council can provide policy recommendations for Chamber positions on issues as well as coordinate with other entities in the local area to develop defense policy related strategies. 

Veteran & Military Spouse Employment

Military personnel and their dependents makeup a highly trained, talented workforce that can provide an available talent pool for local companies. The Military Council will pursue service members who are in the window for retirement or post military service to stay and work in the Tampa community. Through our Operation Partnership program, we provide free professional development and networking opportunities to  servicemembers and their spouses in an effort to connect them with the Tampa Bay business community.

If you are interested in volunteering on the Chamber's Military Council, please contact:

Katie Lopez
Military and Workforce Development Manager

MacDill Air Force Base

Since its establishment in 1941, MacDill Air Force Base has been a vital part of America's defense. It is currently the home base of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) and U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), the Joint Communications Support Element (JCSE), the 6th Air Mobility Wing, and over 28 other tenant units.

Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay was selected to host the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games June 21-30, 2019. Approximately 300 wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans will participate in 14 different paralympic style sports. Teams will include active military service members and veterans with upper-body, lower-boy, and spinal cord injuries; traumatic brain injuries; visual impairment; serious illnesses; and post-traumatic stress. For more information on the games, and to see a complete schedule of events, please visit the Department of Defense website