Military Affairs Advisory Board
The mission of the Military Affairs Board (MAB) is to provide the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners with recommendations in regards to the military and veterans. The Military Affairs Board’s focus will be concentrated on issues concerning the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard Reserves. The Military Affairs Board will serve as an advocate for active duty, reserve, retired, disabled and deceased military personnel in Miami-Dade County.
On May 17, 2012 the Board of County Commissioners unanimously adopted County Ordinance No. 12-37 creating the Miami-Dade County Military Affairs Board, to be known as the Military Affairs Board (MAB) providing for powers and duties, composition and appointment of Board, qualifications, organization, financial support, staff and council; providing severability, inclusion in the code and effective date.
The Military Affairs Board, sponsored by Commissioner José “Pepe' Díaz will provide the Board of County Commissioners with recommendations regarding military affairs in Miami-Dade County specific to the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force, National Guard Reserves and Coast Guard (collectively “Armed Forces”) and active, reserve, retired, disabled and deceased military personnel in Miami-Dade County.
The board will consist of 24 members, with each one appointed by the mayor, commissioners, the various military branches located in Miami-Dade County, the Miami-Dade Defense Alliance, the greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and the Red Cross.
Board members must meet certain qualifications to be eligible, such as being a U.S. Citizen, and having served in the military or showing interest in military affairs. Terms are for three years. Board members will advocate on behalf of military personnel on issues like health care, housing, loans, pension benefits, education, employment, incarceration, reintegration, unemployment benefits, disability claims, vocational training, and insurance.
Boards and Minutes
List of the Military Affairs Board agendas and minutes available for viewing.
Board Member / Appointed By
Mario Alvarez - Mayor Carlos Gimenez
Kevin Humes - Commission District 1 - Barbara J. Jordan
David J. Blake - Commission District 2 - Jean Monestime
Keith Whitbeck - Commission District 3 - Audrey M. Edmonson
Mark Blumstein - Commission District 4 - Sally A. Heyman
Jorge A. Sibila - Commission District 5 - Eileen Higgins
Joseph J. Martory - Commission District 6 - Rebeca Sosa
Sergei M. Kowalchik - Commission District 7 - Xavier L. Suarez
Thomas Davis - Commission District 8 - Daniella Levine-Cava
Anthony Atwood - Commission District 9 - Dennis C. Moss
(Vacant) - Commission District 10 - Sen. Javier D. Souto
Jeffrey C. Wander - Commission District 11 - Joe A. Martinez
(Vacant) - Commission District 12 - Jose "Pepe" Diaz
Tim Daubert - Commission District 13 - Esteban Bovo, Jr.
Leandra McCommas - United States Senator Rick Scott
Lea Padron - United States Senator Marco Rubio
Debbie Zimmerman - United States Congresswoman Donna Shalala
Jesse Manzano-Plaza - United States Congresswoman Debbie Murcasel-Powell
Councilwoman Sandra Ruiz - City of Doral
Director Paul Russo - Veterans Affairs Hospital
Joanna Sandstrom - State Attorney’s Office of Miami-Dade County
Charles Johnson - Miami Chamber of Commerce
Donna Mason - Military Miami-Dade
Robert O. Appin - SOUTHCOM
Col. Lisa Garcia - SOUTHCOM
Major Brooke A. Cortez - U.S. A.F. Homestead
Captain Benjamin L. Davis - U. S. Coast Guard
Gunnery Sergeant Jeremiah Scutt - U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
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- Employment & Housing Committee
- Health & Welfare Committee