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Jacksonville and Florida National Guard Lose Out On Basing of F-35 Fighter Jet

| December 21, 2017

Air Force today announced it will not locate its F-35 Lightning II fighter jet in Jacksonville with the Florida National Guard’s 125th Fighter Wing, opting for Alabama and Wisconsin.

Jacksonville Air National Guard Base a Finalist to Receive F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in 2022

| December 7, 2016

The F-35 is the most expensive fighter jet–and weapon system–ever built. The program, now seven years behind schedule, has been mired in cost overruns, delays and performance failures.

Flagler Fire Rescue Join Florida National Guard at Camp Blanding Search and Rescue Training

| September 30, 2015

The 7th annual exercise, dubbed “Operation Integration,” involved statewide deployment of urban search and rescue teams with the Guard’s 83rd Troop Command.

Scott Bolsters Protection for Florida National Guard in Wake of Tennessee Marines’ Murders

| July 19, 2015

In an executive order, Scott directed Adjutant Gen. Michael Calhoun to temporarily move National Guard members from six “storefront” recruitment centers to armories.

In a Boon to Flagler, National Guard Will Bring “Hundreds of Troops” to County Airport in Long-Term Lease Agreement

| July 21, 2014

The Army National Guard’s 10-year lease agreement with Flagler, to be revealed to the County Commission Wednesday, fills a 19,000-square-foot building at the airport, for $15,185 a month, after the county saw four tenants in eight years fail to make good on their leases there.

Florida National Guard Stalls Proposal to Let Residents Carry Unlicensed Weapons During Emergencies

| March 19, 2014

Concerns expressed by the Florida National Guard stalled an NRA-backed Senate proposal that would allow people without concealed-weapons licenses to carry concealed firearms when forced outside in times of emergency.

Florida GI Bill Seeks More ‘Military Friendly’ State, With Free Tuition For National Guardsmen

| January 31, 2014

The hefty proposals include spending $14.5 million a year for an expansion of free tuition for members of the National Guard, would create a non-profit to market Florida to former members of the U.S. military. Also, they would upgrade state armories, ease professional licensing for veterans and offer a waiver for all honorably discharged veterans from having to pay out-of-state tuition charges at state colleges and universities.

Furloughs Hit Florida National Guard and Anti-Drug Programs as Sequester Spreads

| March 19, 2013

The furloughs of 993 uniformed guardsmen, which will effectively cut their pay 20 percent, will carry through the wildfire season and into the heart of hurricane season and could affect the Guard’s ability to respond to disasters.

4 New Fires Saturday as Division of Forestry Escalates Battle and Tactics Against Espanola

| June 18, 2011

The Division of Forestry now has more firefighting personnel in Flagler County than all the county’s and cities’ squads combined as DOF fights a make-or-break tactical battle against the Espanola fire.

Espanola Fire, Now Over 5,000 Acres, Breaks Out Again On Three Sides; Calm Elsewhere

| June 16, 2011

The calm on Flagler’s smaller fires was deceptive as Espanola broke out on three sides, and fires by the dozens are breaking out across the state, further thinning resources. Drought conditions are worsening.

“I Saw The Fires As I Was Flying In.” Rick Scott’s Embarrassing Lay-Over in Flagler

| June 14, 2011

Rick Scott spent four and a half hours today hobnobbing with businessmen and chamber of commerce pals in Orlando, but couldn’t spare a moment for firemen on the line during his lightning visit to Flagler County.

Number of Fires Up to 22 As Flagler,
Drenched in Smoke, Awaits Governor

| June 14, 2011

Lightning started seven new fires in Flagler in the last two days, one of them in Bunnell’s Grand Reserve area, just west of Palm Coast. Fire officials are concerned about a “fluid” situation and uncooperative weather.

Gov. Scott Touring Flagler Fires at 4 p.m. After Declaring Emergency and Activating Guard

| June 14, 2011

The long-awaited declaration of a state of emergency places state, regional and local resources under the authority of state emergency management and the Division of Forestry.

National Guard Targets Flagler, But Reserve Center Depends on Congressional Funding

| July 13, 2010

The $21 million, 80,000-square-foot facility near the county airport isn’t likely to be built until 2014. It’ll house 21 soldiers.


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