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Maj. Jay Rudy USAF (Ret.)


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Maj. Jay Rudy USAF (Ret.)

Jay Rudy was born in San Antonio, Texas. For the past 22 years, Jay has worked as a Staff Assistant, Facilities Manager and Contract Manager for the Florida Department of Health in Brevard.  

In May 1978, he obtained a BS Degree in Criminal Justice at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.   In November 1979, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Air Force.   In August 1994, Jay retired from the USAF culminating a distinguished career that included The Air Force Space Command Resource Manager of the Year, The Department of Defense Meritorious Service Medal and The Air Force Meritorious Service Medal. He received his Master’s in Management from Embry Riddle, Daytona Beach. 

Jay has been involved in a myriad of charitable organizations throughout Central Florida.  His greatest achievement came in October 2010. After the passing of his wife from breast cancer, he personally recruited 248 individuals to participate in the 14th Susan G. Komen’s “Race for the Cure”. His “Fight Like A Girl” (FLAG) team is “Largest Community” team ever to participate and raised over $15,000 dollars in finding a cure.  In October 2012, he was selected as one of the “First” 11 “Pink Tie Guys” of Central Florida by the local Komen Chapter.  Jay now volunteers for the Women’s Center of Brevard by raising awareness and standing against domestic violence.       

I selected Cousin Minnie Pearl as my female persona because of her down-home personality.  Originally born in Kentucky, she was a professional comedian and resided in Nashville until she passed away in 1996.   

She was a breast cancer survivor and acted as a spoke person for the Nashville Breast Cancer Center.  The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is founded in her name.   

A member of The Grand Ole Opry Hall of Fame, Minnie is best known for her appearance on the family show “Hee Haw”.