John Calhoun serves as DEP's ombudsman and oversees the Office of Public Services. Mr. Calhoun’s prior experience with state government includes management of the Florida Customer Contact Center in the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, implementation of the Business New Hire Reporting Program and management of the Central Locate Investigations Unit for the Florida Department of Revenue.
Mr. Calhoun served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years and retired as a chief petty officer. His last assignment was as senior enlisted leader for the Naval Office of Information (NAVINFO) and Public Affairs supporting commander, Naval Forces Europe, Africa and Sixth Fleet. Additional assignments included deployments with Provincial Reconstruction Team, Baghdad (Iraq), Fifth Fleet Headquarters (Bahrain) and Commander Naval Forces Japan (CNFJ). His military awards include Navy Commendation, Army Commendation, Operation Iraqi Freedom, GWOT Expeditionary, Overseas Service, Sea Service, Meritorious Service and Battle E.
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