Patrice Collins, economic development assistant for the Knoxville Chamber and administrator for the East Tennessee Military Affairs Council (ETMAC), was honored with the Air Force Recruiting Service (AFRS) “Salutes” Plaque at the Dec. 7 ETMAC meeting.


The prestigious award, presented to Collins by Lt. Col. Terry Holmes and CMSgt. Chris Robinson, is given to deserving individuals, businesses or organizations that have directly contributed to the success of the Air Force Recruiting mission.


“As a mainstay of the ETMAC for the last 10 years, Mrs. Collins’ endless sacrifices and ceaseless commitment to East Tennessee’s military communities, and AFRS in general, simply could not go unrecognized,” said Lt. Col. Terry Holmes. “She has been a true friend to the U.S. Air Force and has made our presence welcomed above and beyond normal expectation, despite our squadron (332nd Recruiting Squadron) being headquartered in Nashville.”

He continued, “Recruiting and supplying our nation’s military with young men and women charged with the continued defense of our nation requires a concerted effort by those in and out of uniform, as well as recruiters and non-recruiters alike.

“We are proud, honored, and endlessly grateful to have Patrice in our corner and would not be as successful as we are today without the tremendous relationship we’ve built with Patrice and the ETMAC over the last few years.”

ETMAC is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 to recognize, encourage, support and advocate for, and on behalf of, military activities in East Tennessee. ETMAC brings together the military units in East Tennessee with military and civilian organizations, Veterans, military retirees, political leaders, news outlets, and members of the public. The organization provides a forum to share volunteers, information and ideas, challenges and solutions, and to assist in fundraising activities. Click here to learn more about ETMAC.