Military Serice Person of the Year Awards

The awards recognize outstanding enlisted personnel from each branch of the United States military in South Florida, United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and Florida National Guard who have an outstanding military record, have made significant community contributions through their involvement in charitable volunteer efforts, and exemplify the significance the military has on our community.

The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee began this recognition program in 1987 to honor the “Servicepersons of the Year” – Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen and Coast Guard personnel who are not only good at their jobs but who dedicate time and effort to supporting the community through volunteering in charitable, neighborhood or church programs.

It is important for the Miami business community to understand that local military units are valuable additions to South Florida – both for their economic impact and for the value that the military personnel bring in their participation within the community.


Petty Officer, Second Class Peta-Gaye McKenzie
United States Navy | United States Southern Command

Intelligence Specialist, Third Class Joseph Pfrimmer
United States Coast Guard | Coast Guard District Seven

Technical Sergeant Jeremy Rivera
United States Air Force | United States Special Operations Command South

Sergeant Jonathan Miranda
United States Marine Corps | United States Marine Corps Forces South

Master Sergeant Francisco Navarro
United States Air Force | 482nd Fighter Wing, Homestead Air Reserve Base

Information Systems Technician, Third Class Gerick B. Guzman
United States Coast Guard | United Stead Coast Guard Base Miami Beach

Sergeant Andrew Paredes
United States Army Reserve | 841st Engineer Battalion

Sergeant, First Class Javier Rios
United States Army | United States Army Recruiting Battalion–Miami

Petty Officer, Shawn P. Lewis
United States Navy | Navy Operational Support Center–Miami

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