Daila Espeut-Jones- Orlando
Ms. Espeut-Jones served in the United States Army from 1982 until 2004, rising to the rank of Master Sergeant. Ms. Espeut-Jones’ intense interest in military and community affairs is reflected in her service as President of the Association of the United States Army Sunshine Chapter (“AUSA”). In that role, she co-hosted monthly networking socials with community partners, hosted the Army Birthday Ball, hosted an annual Military Appreciation Night (where elected officials, military personnel and business owners have the opportunity to meet and learn from each other) and arranged a diverse group of speakers to address the Chapter on topics of interest. She works closely with military units stationed in the central Florida region, recently attending the change of command ceremony for the 143rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary). Through her years of service in AUSA, she’s developed meaningful relationships with industry leaders as well, including Brigadier General Michael E. Slone, former Program Executive Officer for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation in Orlando, Florida.
As a member of VFW Post 4287 and Semper Fidelis of America, she has helped plan and host an annual benefit for a multiple amputee soldier, marine, sailor or airman. As part of her service in Semper Fidelis of America and Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club Orlando, she visits the shut-in at the Orlando VA Community Living Center for bingo, football games, Thanksgiving and other occasions. Ms. Espeut-Jones serves on the City of Orlando and Orange County Mayor’s Veterans Advisory Councils and organizes the annual Veterans Day Parade, Memorial Day Commemoration, and Gold Star Mother’s Day. In that role, she maintains indispensable relationships with local elected officials.
In addition to the organizations mentioned above, Ms. Espeut-Jones is an active member of Women in Defense Central Florida, Kappa Epsilon Psi Military Sorority, Inc., National Defense Industrial Association, and the American Legion. Her work in these organizations and the people that she has met along the way allows her to tell the veteran’s story. She disseminates information and advocates on behalf of active duty service members, veterans and their families on local TV newscasts and Veterans Corner, a local radio show she founded and co-hosts that spotlights the military and veterans.
Her community outreach includes assisting Westgate Resort with coordinating the annual Military Appreciation Weekend, founding a quarterly Young Professionals social at the University of Central Florida, and organizing and performing a Vietnam Pinning ceremony in honor of the Vietnam 50th Commemoration. In addition to her work with adults, she regularly mentors members of the Jones High School JRTOC program. She exposes many young people to the possibility of service in the military.