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JAX Chamber Names Dee Quaranta Winner of 6th Annual RDML Kevin F. Delaney Hall of Fame Award

Quaranta is the first female recipient of the award

Published Thursday, November 14, 2019

 

 

 

 

(L to R) Robert Sanders, Vice President, VyStar Credit Union Military Liaison; Retired U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant Dee Quaranta

 

Retired U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant Dee Quaranta was named the winner of the 6th Annual RDML Kevin F. Delaney Hall of Fame Award at JAX Chamber’s 17th Annual Military Appreciation Luncheon Wednesday. 

 

Founded in 2014 as the Military Hall of Fame Award, the recognition honors veterans who have made a positive impact on the Jacksonville community. The first service member to receive the award was the late RDML Kevin F. Delaney. The following year the award was renamed in his honor. 

Past winners include: 

  • 2015 COL Francis “Len” Loving, USMC (ret.) 
  • 2016 BGEN Michael P. Fleming USMC (ret.) 
  • 2017 CAPT Matthew W. Tuohy USN (ret.) 
  • 2018 CAPT Clarence Hill  USN (ret.)

Quaranta served 20 years with the U.S. Air Force, a career that took her around the world to assignments at NATO AIRSOUTH and AFSOUTH in Naples, Italy.  She served on the Advanced Tactical Fighter concept development at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as the security manager in the Special Programs Office. This program eventually became Lockheed-Martin’s F-22 Raptor tactical fighter aircraft.

 

After her retirement in April 1998, Quaranta continued her service to the community. She has served on the board of directors for the National Congress of Black Women, is a member of the Veterans Council of Northeast Florida and is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Quaranta also worked for the State of Florida at CareerSource as a Local Veterans Employment Representative, providing priority workforce services to employers and veterans, transitioning service members, and eligible spouses.

 

In 2012, Quaranta founded the Northeast Florida Women Veterans organization. The nonprofit is committed to ensuring women who have served on active duty, National Guard or Reserves and their children, transition into the civilian community with the tools they need to become self-sufficient.  

The state of Florida has the nation's third-largest population of women veterans, and Quaranta has worked tirelessly to ensure they receive recognition for their service. In 2013, then- Mayor Alvin Brown signed a proclamation to establish the third week of March “Women Veterans Recognition Week.” In 2017, Mayor Lenny Curry signed a city proclamation and then-Governor Rick Scott signed a statewide proclamation declaring the third week of March Women Veterans Recognition Week. Currently Quaranta is in the final stages of working with Congress to make this a national observance. “I don’t want people to hear ‘Quaranta’ and ask who I am or what I’ve done. I want my work to precede me –– it’s truly about helping women veterans achieve their dreams and understanding the long-lasting, positive impact it has on their lives,” she said. 

 

The award was presented at the 17th annual Military Appreciation Luncheon Wednesday, which drew more than 700 people to the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. An annual Chamber tradition, the luncheon brings the region’s business community together to recognize service members from all branches of the local military community, including active duty, reservists, veterans and their families. The luncheon honors the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, and the many veterans of past wars living in Northeast Florida. VyStar Credit Union Military Liaison Robert Sanders served as the luncheon’s master of ceremonies.

 

 



About JAX Chamber

The JAX Chamber is the business membership organization dedicated to driving quality economic growth in Northeast Florida to make this region the best place to live, work and play. Membership provides the opportunity to connect with and buy from other Chamber members. The connections result in business growth and a more prosperous economy.

 

 

Major General Brian M. Simpler, Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander, was the keynote speaker at JAX Chamber’s 17th annual Military Appreciation Luncheon Wednesday.

 

 

About JAX Chamber

The JAX Chamber is the business membership organization dedicated to driving quality economic growth in Northeast Florida to make this region the best place to live, work and play. Membership provides the opportunity to connect with and buy from other Chamber members. The connections result in business growth and a more prosperous economy.

 

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Matt Galnor

(904) 366-6614

matt.galnor@myjaxchamber.com

 

Leah Goodwyne

(904) 366-6626

leah.goodwyne@myjaxchamber.com