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Michael D. Jones to headline Florida Chamber summit

The Military, Defense and Veterans Opportunities Summit will be held Aug. 13-14 in Jacksonville.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that retired U.S. Army Major General Michael D. Jones will headline its Military, Defense and Veterans Opportunities Summit next month.

Jones served for 34 years in the U.S. Army, including deployments to Bosnia, where he served as the Operations Officer for the 1st Armored Division and Multinational Division North, and Iraq, where he was responsible for combat operations and forming and training Iraqi security forces in Baghdad and developing the Ministry of Interior and Iraqi police and border forces.

He currently works as a management consultant at The Spectrum Group.

Jones is one 20 speakers the Florida Chamber has announced for the summit, which will be held Aug. 13 and 14 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville.

Other speakers include Floirda Department of Veterans Affairs Director Danny Burgess, Sen. Doug Broxson, Rep. David Smith, Space Florida head Frank DiBello, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Director Ken Lawson and Enterprise Florida President and CEO Jamal Sowell.

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The summit will focus on how the state can utilize the expertise and skills of veterans. It will also feature a briefing on the impact federal policies will have on Florida’s military bases, as well as a rebuilding update on Tyndall Air Force Base following the damage from Hurricane Michael.

The summit agenda and registration information is available on the Florida Chamber’s website.

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Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.

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