To thank and honor those who have served, the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce will host a Veterans Appreciation Breakfast on Thursday, November 9th. Our guest speaker is US Navy Captain, Commodore Dale Maxey, the Commander for Naval Surface Squadron FOURTEEN in Mayport, Florida.
Captain Maxey enlisted in the Navy in 1982 as a Data Systems Technician and was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program before graduating from the University of Illinois in 1991. Over his thirty-two years of Naval Service, Captain Maxey has had operational tours in USS BELKNAP (CG 26), USS STOUT (DDG 55), USS DONALD COOK (DDG 75), USS LEYTE GULF (CG 55), USS TAYLOR (FFG 55) and command of the USS KAUFFMAN (FFG 59) and USS PONCE (AFSB(I)-15). During these operational assignments, he has deployed nine times to the Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea and South American waters.
Maxey’s duties ashore have included a tour at the AEGIS TRAINING AND READINESS COMMAND (ATRC) Dahlgren as the Perspective Commanding Officer Course Supervisor and technical instructor, duties as Training Innovations Officer for COMMANDER SURFACE FORCES ATLANTIC (CNSL) and a tour as the Chief Staff Officer and Operational Support Officer at the DESTROYER CLASS SQUADRON (DDGRON) in Norfolk, Virginia and Reserve Manpower/Plans officer for COMMANDER NAVAL EXPEDITIONARY COMBAT COMMAND (NECC), and a tour as Reserve Manpower/Plans officer for The Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS) Millington.
Captain Maxey holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois, a Masters of Arts in Military Studies from American Military University, and a Masters of Arts in National Security Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, four Meritorious Service Medals, seven Navy Commendation Medals, the Joint Achievement Medal, four Navy Achievement Medals, two good conduct medals and various unit and campaign ribbons.
According the event co-sponsor and Flagler Chamber Chairman Jimmy Millhollin, hosting this breakfast gives the chamber and its members an opportunity to show appreciation to those who have served.
“We’re honored to have a decorated commander as our guest speaker and are encouraging all of our members attend with a veteran as their guest,” said Millhollin. “Buying them breakfast is a direct way we can thank a veteran for serving our country. “
The breakfast, jointly sponsored by RE/MAX Flagstaff and Vanacore Homes, will be held at Grand Haven Golf Club, 500 Riverfront Drive in Palm Coast. Registration starts at 7:45AM and the presentation begins at 8AM. Tickets to the event are $50, which covers the cost of a Chamber member and their veteran guest. Please call 437.0106 to reserve your seats or if you have questions.
There will be a special ceremony, recognition of veterans in attendance and a presentation by Captain Maxey.