Head Coach and Florida Guardsman Capt. Roye Locklear (right) watches as members of the All Army Men’s Soccer team practice drills during training in Jacksonville, Fla., May 5, 2015. Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa
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Florida Guardsman sets goal of leading Army soccer team to gold

A Florida National Guard Soldier is looking to bring home gold for the Army, as he leads the U.S. Army Men’s Soccer team against other armed forces teams in May.

Newly appointed Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Florida National Guard, Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Young looks out at the formation after returning the noncommissioned officers' sword to Master Sgt. James Reid during a change of responsibility ceremony May 3 at Saint Francis Barracks. As senior enlisted advisor, it is Young's responsibility to advise the Adjutant General of Florida, Maj. Gen. Michael Calhoun on issues affecting enlisted Soldiers and Airmen within the organization. Photo by 107th MPAD
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Florida National Guard holds change of responsibility ceremony

The Florida Guard held a change of responsibility ceremony May 3 on Patriot Field in front of St. Francis Barracks.

(From left to right) Lt. Col Betsy Evans, 2nd Lt. Ludmila Pereira, Sgt. Roshawn Siggal, Spc. Tanisha Hall-Anderson, Sgt. 1st Class Norticia Everett and Command Sgt. Maj. Virgil L. Robinson stand together after an awards ceremony recognizing Pereira, Siggal, Hall-Anderson and Everett for their selfless service after responding to a civilian car accident at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, Pinellas Park, Fla April 18, 2015. (Photo by Sgt. Melissa Johnson)
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Soldiers recognized for selfless service when responding to civilian car accident

Soldiers from Company B, 53rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, were recognized during an awards ceremony for their selfless service this past weekend.

Albert "Ed" Lewis, a former Florida National Guard Soldier, holds challenge coins presented to him by members of the 164th Air Defense Artillery Brigade and a photo of Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 265th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, April 10, 2015, in Ormond Beach, Fla. Lewis, 80, served in the predecessor unit to the 265th  - the 148th Anti-Aircraft Artillery - in the 1950s. The Soldiers in the photo are currently preparing for a deployment to Afghanistan. Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa
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Florida’s 1-265th ADA honors former Guardsman and ‘air defender’

A deployed Florida Army National Guard air defense unit recently honored an Ormond Beach man who served as a Guardsman more than 50 years ago.

Florida National Guard Soldiers from the Lake City-based A Company, 53rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, board a C-130 transport plane at Cecil Commerce Center for JRTC on April 9, 2015. Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa
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53rd Soldiers depart for OPFOR mission at Ft. Polk

A group of Florida Army National Guard Soldiers left April 9 for a month-long exercise in Louisiana where they will help train some of the U.S. Army’s most elite units. More than 40 combat engineers and heavy equipment operators from the Lake City-based A Company, 53rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, departed by air from Cecil Commerce Center in Jacksonville for the rotation to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Ft. Polk, La.